- 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-flops
To my mind this is nothing compared to the flip-flops done lately by foreigners.
Sen. Paul has been getting a dunking in the media for his flip-flops on foreign policy.
Halie removed her flip-flops and continued barefoot up the middle of what really did seem to be her streets.She Is Trayvon Martin
July 15, 2013
Buzzfeed's Andrew Kaczynski rounds up a few of the president's flip-flops.Obama's Evolving Etch-A-Sketch
October 24, 2012
If Romney tries to run or tiptoe away, he will trip over his own flip-flops.How Obama Will Cash In on Paul Ryan: Medicare, Taxes, Education & More
August 13, 2012
I had a headache; my breath was short, and upon the least exertion my heart did flip-flops.Abroad at Home
"Here, this is the way to begin," and he did some flip-flops slow and easy-like.Uncle Wiggily's Adventures
Howard R. Garis
Dan broke off and almost retched as his stomach turned a flip-flop to end all flip-flops.Shipwreck in the Sky
She lay back in the weak sun with her eyes closed behind her shades, her toes wiggling in her flip-flops.Little Brother
You know we call those girls who are always changing quarters the Flip-Flops.Jane Allen: Center
- 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-flops
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]