Origin of flop
OTHER WORDS FROM flopflopper, noun
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What does flop mean?
To flop is to plump down or fall suddenly, often making a noise, as in After the long hike, Sasha flopped on the grass to rest.
To flop can also mean to drop something with a sudden bump, as in Dola flopped her books to the floor to make room on the desk.
To flop also means to fail completely, as in The new play flopped because the actors didn’t know their lines and no one came after opening night.
Flop can be used as a noun to refer to any of these actions, as well.
Example: I flopped on the couch after a long day of work.
Where does flop come from?
The first records of the term flop come from around 1595. It is a variant of the word flap. It was first used to mean “a failure” around 1890.
Flop’s main sense relates to a sudden fall, but this can be used broadly. For example, the term flip-flop means “to change suddenly,” as well as a type of sandal that creates a flopping sound when you walk in them. Flop often describes someone laying down to rest or sleep, but it can also describe a fall that is somewhat humorous. As a failure, flop often describes a product or business that is not well received.
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- flopper (noun)
- floppy (adjective)
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How is flop used in real life?
Flop is frequently used to mean failure.
Well, if you’re going to have a flop, make sure your name is on it at least 4x. I’m proud of #CharliesAngels and happy it’s in the world.
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) November 18, 2019
if y'all let Kesha's album flop i will never forgive u
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) July 14, 2017
Papers, presentations, finals, planning Thanksgiving and Lyric’s Birthday…I’m ready to flop on the couch and have a cheat day. #Pooped
— Beth Copeland (@TheBethPhoenix) November 22, 2017
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Is flop used correctly in the following sentence?
“Oba was so excited that she flopped up from her chair and danced around.
How to use flop in a sentence
That doesn’t mean the new platforms are a flop — or even that they aren’t great.Review: Sony’s PlayStation 5 is here, but next-generation gaming is still on its way|Devin Coldewey|November 6, 2020|TechCrunch
It was an expensive flop, plagued by delays and quality issues, and the company ended up in bankruptcy.Electric vehicle stocks come unplugged|Aaron Pressman|November 2, 2020|Fortune
Whether ill-judged or simply ahead of its time, the transition was a resounding flop.BP is laying out its vision for a low-carbon future. Investors are skeptical|kdunn6|September 28, 2020|Fortune
The company has been rumored for sometime to be working on a less expensive follow-up to its flop smart speaker, the HomePod.Apple’s ‘Time Flies’ event: 5 things to look for|Aaron Pressman|September 15, 2020|Fortune
If it’s a flop, we probably will never learn how many people took advantage.This is the most important movie weekend of the year|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
When Fernandez got control of AirAsia it had been a limping, government-subsidized flop.Malaysia Airlines Is Going Down|Clive Irving|August 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Earlier, a two-headed dragon in the Ron Howard flop Willow was known, at least around the set, as the “Ebersisk.”
Everyone dressed appropriately and even impeccably—not a flip-flop in sight.The Exciting-but-Depressing Obama-Tumblr Student-Loan Summit|Kelly Williams Brown|June 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In case the film was transposed to 2014, the director believes it would be a guaranteed flop.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie|Daniel Genis|June 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not surprisingly, the per diem proposal has been a flop since Moran floated it a few weeks ago.These Guys Need a Raise?|Patricia Murphy|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Bud turned his hotcakes with a vicious flop that spattered more batter on the stove.Cabin Fever|B. M. Bower
Never a flop of tail to indicate gratitude for blandishments, never the faintest symptom of canine appreciation.In Search of the Unknown|Robert W. Chambers
One of these days Dan will take a flop and land clean over in the Thatcher camp.A Hoosier Chronicle|Meredith Nicholson
She says to tell you it looks at last like our old eagle bird will have a chance to flop its wings in France.The Treasure Trail|Marah Ellis Ryan
Margaret knelt in a soft flop of scented lingerie beside the indignant young thing.The Butterfly House|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman