[ flip ]
/ flɪp /
verb (used with object), flipped, flip·ping.
to toss or put in motion with a sudden impulse, as with a snap of a finger and thumb, especially so as to cause to turn over in the air: to flip a coin.
to move (something) suddenly or jerkily.
to turn over, especially with a short rapid gesture: to flip pancakes with a spatula.
Slang. to make (someone) insane, irrational, angry, or highly excited (usually followed by out).
Finance. to resell, especially quickly, or to refinance, as a mortgage loan.
verb (used without object), flipped, flip·ping.
to make a flicking movement; strike at something smartly or sharply; snap.
to move oneself with or as if with flippers: The seals flipped along the beach.
to move with a jerk or jerks.
to turn over or perform a somersault in the air.
- to react to something in an excited, astonished, or delighted manner: He really flipped over his new girlfriend.
- to become insane, irrational, angry, or highly excited (often followed by out).
an instance of flipping; a smart tap or strike.
a sudden jerk.
a somersault, especially one performed in the air: a back flip off the diving board.
Cards. a variety of seven-card stud in which each player receives the first four cards facedown and selects two of them to expose before receiving the next card.
Slang. flip side.
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flip one's lid/wig, Slang. lid(def 8).
Origin of flip1
1585–95; 1955–60 for def 10; see fillip
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British Dictionary definitions for flip out
/ (flɪp) /
verb flips, flipping or flipped
to throw (something light or small) carelessly or briskly; tosshe flipped me an envelope
to throw or flick (an object such as a coin) so that it turns or spins in the air
to propel by a sudden movement of the finger; flickto flip a crumb across the room
(foll by through) to read or look at (a book, newspaper, etc) quickly, idly, or incompletely
(intr) (of small objects) to move or bounce jerkily
(intr) to make a snapping movement or noise with the finger and thumb
(intr) slang to fly into a rage or an emotional outburst (also in the phrases flip one's lid, flip one's top, flip out)
(intr) slang to become ecstatic or very excitedhe flipped over the jazz group
a snap or tap, usually with the fingers
a rapid jerk
a somersault, esp one performed in the air, as in a dive, rather than from a standing position
same as nog 1 (def. 1)
informal impertinent, flippant, or pert
Word Origin for flip
C16: probably of imitative origin; see fillip
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