flip-flop

[ flip-flop ]
/ ˈflɪpˌflɒp /

noun

adverb

with repeated sounds and motions, as of something flapping.

verb (used without object), flip-flopped, flip-flop·ping.

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Also flip-flap [flip-flap] /ˈflɪpˌflæp/ (for defs. 2, 5, 9, 12), flipflop (for defs. 6, 7).

Origin of flip-flop

First recorded in 1655–65
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British Dictionary definitions for flip-flop

flip-flop

noun

verb -flops, -flopping or -flopped (intr)

informal, mainly US to make a complete change of opinion, policy, etc
to move with repeated flaps

adverb

with repeated flappingsto go flip-flop

Word Origin for flip-flop

C16: reduplication of flip
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