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[flop] /flɒp/
verb (used without object), flopped, flopping.
to fall or plump down suddenly, especially with noise; drop or turn with a sudden bump or thud (sometimes followed by down):
The puppy flopped down on the couch.
to change suddenly, as from one side or party to another (often followed by over).
to be a complete failure; fail:
The play flopped dismally.
Informal. to sleep or be lodged:
to flop at a friend's house.
to swing loosely; bounce; flap:
His long hair flops in his eyes when he runs.
verb (used with object), flopped, flopping.
to drop with a sudden bump or thud:
He flopped his books on a chair.
to dispose (oneself) in a heavily negligent manner:
to flop oneself in a chair.
to invert (the negative of a photograph) so that the right and left sides are transposed.
an act of flopping.
the sound of flopping; a thud.
a failure:
The new comedy was a flop.
Informal. a place to sleep; temporary lodging:
The mission offered a flop and a free breakfast.
Origin of flop
1595-1605; 1890-95 for def 11; variant of flap
Related forms
flopper, noun
11. fiasco, disaster, debacle; bomb, dog. Unabridged
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  • It was because as a manager of his financial affairs Dorothy was a flop.

    The Odyssey of Sam Meecham Charles E. Fritch
  • She looks at it once, and begins to flop her arms and take on again.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • But somehow, Mrs. Bob continued to flop the broken wing, and to elude them.

    Plantation Sketches Margaret Devereux
  • At this he spread out his arms and dropped them with a flop upon his knees.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Sim could not swim, and he began to flop about in the wildest and most unreasonable manner.

    Down The River Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for flop


verb flops, flopping, flopped
(intransitive) to bend, fall, or collapse loosely or carelessly: his head flopped backwards
when intr, often foll by into, onto, etc. to fall, cause to fall, or move with a sudden noise: the books flopped onto the floor
(intransitive) (informal) to fail; be unsuccessful: the scheme flopped
(intransitive) to fall flat onto the surface of water, hitting it with the front of the body
(slang) (intransitive) often foll by out. to go to sleep
the act of flopping
(informal) a complete failure
(US & Canadian, slang) a place to sleep
(athletics) See Fosbury flop
(poker) the flop, the first three community cards dealt face-up in a round of any of several varieties of poker, including Texas hold 'em
Word Origin
C17: variant of flap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flop

c.1600, probably a variant of flap with a duller, heavier sound. Sense of "fall or drop heavily" is 1836, that of "collapse, fail" is 1919; though the figurative noun sense of "a failure" is recorded from 1893. Related: Flopped; flopping.


1823, in the literal sense, from flop (v.). Figurative use by 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flop



  1. A place to sleep, esp a cheap and sordid hotel or shelter; flophouse: I went into the flops and the shelters and was shocked/ in a three-dollar-a-week flop
  2. : My great idea was a total flop


  1. To lie down for rest or sleep; sleep; crash: ''Kip,'' ''doss,'' ''flop,'' ''pound your ear,'' all mean to sleep (1907+ Hoboes)
  2. To fail completely; bomb: The show flopped, ran one night only (1893+)
  3. To transfer a police officer from one station to another, one assignment to another, etc: That's funny. Abbott's giving me advice and he's about to be flopped (1980s+ Police)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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