- a backward somersault.
- a dive executed by somersaulting backward.
- Informal. a complete reversal in attitude or policy: Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs.
- to perform a backflip: She backflipped off a bucking horse.
Origin of backflip
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Examples from the Web for backflip
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Some calculating pol, realizing that his position had become unpopular or untenable, would execute a backflip off the high board.The New Era of Evolution Helps Pols Switch Stance on Issues from Gay Marriage to Immigration
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This is most obvious when expensive forms of trash are forced to backflip until they obviate their standard uses.A Pictorial Ode to Michelle
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