backflip

[ bak-flip ]
/ ˈbækˌflɪp /
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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.

Nearby words

  1. backfire,
  2. backfist,
  3. backfit,
  4. backflap hinge,
  5. backflash,
  6. backflow,
  7. backgammon,
  8. background,
  9. background extinction,
  10. background music

Origin of backflip

First recorded in 1930–35; back2 + flip1

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