Definition of flop in English:


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Pronunciation: /flɒp

verb (flops, flopping, flopped)

[no object]
  • 1 [with adverbial] Fall, move, or hang in a loose and ungainly way: his blond hair flopped over his eyes
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    • I looked up to see Brody onstage, his dishevelled dark brown hair flopping across his forehead and both hands hanging onto the microphone.
    • His black hair is flopping into his eyes and I can see an earring in his ear.
    • His dark brown, nearly black hair flopped over one eyebrow as he smiled crookedly, a smile girls back in Sanorn had once loved.
    hang (down), drop, hang loosely/limply, dangle, droop, sag, flap, loll
  • 1.1Sit or lie down heavily and suddenly, especially when very tired: Liz flopped down into the armchair
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    • Leeann squealed, suddenly flopping into a seat next to them.
    • There was some brief talk of adjourning to the bar, but we were too tired, and so flopped under the tightly-tucked blankets and sheets instead.
    • That concluded the nights broadcast and Danni exhaled heavily, flopping back onto the bed.
    collapse, slump, crumple, subside, sink, drop, fall, tumble
  • 1.2 informal Rest or sleep in a specified place: I’m going to flop here for the night
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    • By the time we'd finished we pretty much all felt we'd had enough to last a month and ended up flopped in the lounge watching the Dating Channel on Sky.
    • Of course, we all had far too much to eat, and ended up flopped on the settee feeling full but satisfied for the rest of the night.
    • He flopped underneath a clump of trees and slept exhausted.


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  • 1A heavy, loose, and ungainly movement, or a sound made by it: they hit the ground with a flop
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    • Suddenly, with a sickening slush and smell, the contents came free, sliding to the ground with a dull flop.
    • They dropped a rope ladder that fell with a flop all the way to the ground.
    • If she kept him far enough away, she thought grimly, ignoring the flops of her stomach every time she heard a step, she had a slightly larger chance of surviving.
  • 3 informal , chiefly US A cheap place to sleep.
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    • At the flops, the bums all eat the same thing.
    • He hadn't been out of the flop in three weeks except to go to a corner store and buy food.
    • Do you have a flop for the night?


early 17th century: variant of flap.

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