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  1. a backward somersault.
  2. a dive executed by somersaulting backward.
  3. Informal. a complete reversal in attitude or policy: Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs.
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verb (used without object), back·flipped, back·flip·ping.
  1. 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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