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[lid] /lɪd/
a removable or hinged cover for closing the opening, usually at the top, of a pot, jar, trunk, etc.; a movable cover.
an eyelid.
a restraint, ceiling, or curb, as on prices or news.
Slang. a hat, cap, or other head covering.
  1. the cover of the capsule; operculum.
  2. the upper section of a pyxidium.
Slang. one ounce of marijuana.
verb (used with object), lidded, lidding.
to supply or cover with a lid.
blow / flip one's lid, Slang. to lose control, especially to rage hysterically:
He nearly flipped his lid over the way they damaged his car.
Also, flip one's wig.
blow the lid off, Informal. to expose to public view, especially to reveal something scandalous, illegal, etc.
Origin of lid
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hlid; cognate with Dutch, German lid, Old Norse hlith gate, gateway
Related forms
sublid, noun
underlid, noun
unlidded, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for flip one's lid


a cover, usually removable or hinged, for a receptacle: a saucepan lid, a desk lid
short for eyelid
(botany) another name for operculum (sense 2)
(slang) short for skidlid
(US, old-fashioned, slang) a quantity of marijuana, usually an ounce
(Austral, informal) dip one's lid, to raise one's hat as a greeting, etc
(slang) flip one's lid, to become crazy or angry
(informal) put the lid on
  1. (Brit) to be the final blow to
  2. to curb, prevent, or discourage
(informal) take the lid off, to make startling or spectacular revelations about
Derived Forms
lidded, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hlid; related to Old Friesian hlid, Old High German hlit cover
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Word Origin and History for flip one's lid



mid-13c., from Old English hlid "lid, cover, opening, gate," from Proto-Germanic *khlithan (cf. Old Norse hlið "gate, gap," Swedish lid "gate," Old French hlid, Middle Dutch lit, Dutch lid, Old High German hlit "lid, cover"), from PIE root *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)), with here perhaps the sense of "that which bends over." Meaning "eyelid" is from early 13c. Slang sense of "hat, cap" is attested from 1896. Slang phrase put a lid on "clamp down on, silence, end" is from 1906.

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Slang definitions & phrases for flip one's lid

flip one's lid

verb phrase

  1. To become violently angry; BLOW one's TOP: When she told him he flipped his lid
  2. To go insane; behave irrationally: When he started mumbling I was sure he'd flipped his wig/ flipped his lid and blew a whole list of nuclear warhead targets
  3. To show great enthusiasm and approval: When she finished reading, the crowd flipped its raspberry (1940s+ Jazz musicians)



  1. A hat (1896+)
  2. One ounce of marijuana: a shutdown on grass, lids were going for thirty dollars/ lifted out the back seat and found a lid of marijuana (1960s+ Narcotics)

Related Terms

blow the lid off, flip one's lid, put a lid on someone or something, skid lid

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Related Abbreviations for flip one's lid


poor operator (shortwave transmission)
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Idioms and Phrases with flip one's lid

flip one's lid

Also,flip one's wig;flip out. React very strongly or wildly, as with anger, surprise, or excitement; also, go crazy. For example, I'm going to flip my lid if he doesn't show up, or She really flipped out when she realized that she had won first prize, or I think Rob has flipped his wig. These slangy expressions, with their allusion to losing the top of one's head, date from the 1930s and 1940s.
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