backflip

[ bak-flip ]
/ ˈbækˌflɪp /

noun

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.

verb (used without object), back·flipped, back·flip·ping.

to perform a backflip: She backflipped off a bucking horse.

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Origin of backflip

First recorded in 1930–35; back2 + flip1
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