• IPA: /ˈbæk.flɪp/

backflip (plural backflips)

  1. (gymnastics) An act of rotating one's body 360 degrees in the backward direction.
    The gymnast performed a backflip on a trampoline.
  2. (by extension) a total reversal in policy or opinion; a volte-face, a U-turn.
    • Courier Mail, 29 Jan 2007
      PM predicts water recycling backflips.
Related terms Translations
  • French: salto arrière
  • Portuguese: mortal para trás
  • Russian: са́льто
  • Russian: разворот

backflip (backflips, present participle backflipping; past and past participle backflipped)

  1. To perform a backflip (rotation of body)
  2. To completely reverse a policy or opinion; perform a U-turn.

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