adjective, adverb Chiefly British Slang.
Origin of flipping
verb (used with object), flipped, flip·ping.
verb (used without object), flipped, flip·ping.
- 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).
Origin of flip1
Examples from the Web for flipping
Contemporary Examples of flipping
Yet, after flipping through Not That Kind of Girl, I do begin to understand what “this Lena Dunham flap” is about.Up to a Point: They Made Me Write About Lena Dunham
P. J. O’Rourke
December 13, 2014
Think a GOP Senate would let her replace him, flipping the court from a conservative majority to a liberal one?The Dems’ Midterm Performance Anxiety
October 31, 2014
Assad, the Syrians who hate him, and Iraqi Sunni tribesmen are all flipping and flopping.My Coffee Klatch With Rand Paul
P. J. O’Rourke
September 27, 2014
"This is not about flipping hamburgers," says William J. Hoch, who started working here as a child in 1954 and now owns the place.The Real Cheeseburger Paradise
Jane & Michael Stern
June 22, 2014
Flipping through the channels, one thing becomes shockingly clear—women like Vanessa are hardly seen, or heard, at all.Louis C.K. Apologizes to the ‘Fat Girls’
May 13, 2014
Historical Examples of flipping
Flipping a man in the face with a glove was fashionable in the days of Charles II.The Paliser case
"We have a powerhouse here," he said, flipping the paper across the table.The K-Factor
Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)
And, flipping the ash off his cigarette on to the tray by Fiorsen's elbow, he nodded and went.Beyond
She held the telegram, flipping her fingers against one end of it as she debated.Free Air
He turns the pages of one, of the others, flipping the pages, searching for meaning.Planet of the Damned
Word Origin for flipping
verb flips, flipping or flipped
Word Origin for flip
1590s (1520s in flip-flop), imitative or else a contraction of fillip (q.v.), which also is held to be imitative. Sense of "get excited" is first recorded 1950; flip one's lid "lose one's head, go wild" is from 1950. For flip (adj.) "glib," see flippant. Meaning "to flip a coin" (to decide something) is by 1879. As a noun by 1690s. Related: Flipped. Flipping (adj.) as euphemism for fucking is British slang first recorded 1911 in D.H. Lawrence. Flip side (of a gramophone record) is by 1949.
sailors' hot drink usually containing beer, brandy and sugar, 1690s, from flip (v.); so called from notion of it being "whipped up" or beaten.