Pronunciation Noun

flip (plural flips)

  1. A maneuver which rotates an object end over end.
    We'll decide this on a flip of a coin.
    The diver did a couple of flips before landing in the pool.
  2. A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
  3. (US, slang) A slingshot.
    • 1986, George Scarbrough, A summer ago (page 123)
      He loaded his flip and took careful aim at what he considered to be Emily's most vulnerable spot […]
  4. A hairstyle popular among boys in the 1960's, 1970's, 2000's and 2010's, in which the hair goes halfway down the ears, at which point it sticks out
    Justin Bieber and Zac Efron are among the celebrities who wore a flip.
  5. (informal) The purchase of an asset (usually a house) which is then improved and sold quickly for profit.
    • 2007, Rick Villani, ‎Clay Davis, ‎Gary Keller, Flip: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit (page viii)
      What they bring to the table is hard-won brass-tacks knowledge from over fifteen years of personal investing as well as riding shotgun on over 1,000 flips with their clients.
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: cambio de sentido
  • Spanish: alas, peinado flip

flip (flips, present participle flipping; past and past participle flipped)

  1. (transitive) To throw so as to turn over.
    You need to flip the pancake onto the other side.
  2. (transitive) To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
    If you can't decide which option to go for, flip a coin.
  3. (transitive, US politics) To win a state (or county) won by another party in the preceding elections
    Wisconsin had been Democratic for decades, but the Republicans flipped it in 2016.
  4. (intransitive, US) To turn state's evidence; to agree to testify against one's co-conspirators in exchange for concessions from prosecutors.
    The mafioso flipped on his superiors to get a lighter sentence.
  5. (transitive, US) To induce someone to turn state's evidence; to get someone to agree to testify against their co-conspirators in exchange for concessions.
    The district attorney was able to strengthen his case against the bank robber by flipping the getaway driver.
  6. (intransitive, slang) To go berserk or crazy.
    I'd flip if anyone broke my phone.
  7. (transitive, informal) To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
  8. (transitive, computing) To invert a bit (binary digit), changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • German: werfen
  • Russian: подбра́сывать
Translations Interjection
  1. (UK, euphemism) used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
Synonyms Related terms Adjective

flip (comparative flipper, superlative flippest)

  1. (British, informal) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
    I hate to be flip, but perhaps we could steal a Christmas tree.
  2. Sarcastic.
  3. (informal) Disrespectful.
    Don't get flip with me or I'll knock you into next Tuesday!
Synonyms Noun


  1. A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron (a flip dog).


flip (plural flips)

  1. (slang, chiefly, derogatory, ethnic slur) A Filipino; a person who is of Filipino background.

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