- Informal. a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of direction, belief, attitude, or policy.
- a backward somersault.
- Also called flip-flop circuit. Electronics. an electronic circuit having two stable conditions, each one corresponding to one of two alternative input signals.
- any of several similar devices having two alternative states, the change of state being caused by some input signal or by some change of input.
- the sound and motion of something flapping, as a wind-blown shutter; a banging to and fro.
- any backless, usually open-toed flat shoe or slipper.
- a flat, backless rubber sandal, usually secured on the foot by a thong between the first two toes, as for use at a beach, swimming pool, etc.Compare thong, zori.
- (in advertising) a display or presentation, usually on an easel, consisting of a series of pages hinged at the top and flipped over in sequence.
- with repeated sounds and motions, as of something flapping.
- Informal. to make a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of direction, belief, attitude, or policy: The opposition claimed that the president had flip-flopped on certain issues.
- to execute a backward somersault.
- to flap; bang to and fro: The door flip-flopped in the high wind.
Origin of flip-flop
Examples from the Web for flip-flopping
And so far, all he is getting for his trouble is charges of flip-flopping.The Secret to Rand Paul’s Foreign Policy: His Father
W. James Antle III
September 12, 2014
But this kind of flip-flopping can be used against him, too.Obama Lost the Debate the Right Way
October 4, 2012
But Mitt Romney, who took the gold in flip-flopping during the primaries, is anything but a candidate of hard truths.The Anti-Reagan: Even A Hologram Of The Gipper Overshadows Mitt Romney
September 1, 2012
In a devastating ad, footage of Kerry riding the breeze of Nantucket was juxtaposed with hits on his alleged “flip-flopping.”Santorum’s Audi and Other Political Transportation Follies
February 18, 2012
Such familiarity insulates Gingrich from the kind of flip-flopping charges that have proved so corrosive for Romney.Iowa Conservatives Forgive Newt Gingrich for His Past Mistakes
December 13, 2011
- a backward handspring
- Also called: bistable an electronic device or circuit that can assume either of two stable states by the application of a suitable pulse
- informal, mainly US a complete change of opinion, policy, etc
- a repeated flapping or banging noise
- Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ): thong a rubber-soled sandal attached to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the next toe
- informal, mainly US to make a complete change of opinion, policy, etc
- to move with repeated flaps
- with repeated flappingsto go flip-flop
Word Origin and History for flip-flopping
also flip flop, "thong sandal," by 1972, imitative of the sound of walking in them (flip-flap had been used in various echoic senses, mostly echoic, since 1520s); sense of "complete reversal of direction" dates from 1900.
Flip-flaps, a peculiar rollicking dance indulged in by costermongers, better described as the double shuffle; originally a kind of somersault. [Hotten's Slang Dictionary, 1864]