see also: FLOP
Pronunciation Verb

flop (flops, present participle flopping; past and past participle flopped)

  1. (intransitive) To fall heavily due to lack of energy.
    He flopped down in front of the television, exhausted from work.
  2. (transitive) To cause to drop heavily.
    The tired mule flopped its ears forward and trudged on.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To fail completely; not to be successful at all (of a movie, play, book, song etc.).
    The latest album flopped and so the studio canceled her contract.
  4. (sports, intransitive) To pretend to be fouled in sports, such as basketball, hockey (the same as to dive in soccer)
    It starts with Chris Paul, because Blake didn't really used to flop like that, you know, last year.
    While Stern chastised Vogel for on Thursday calling the Heat "the biggest flopping team in the NBA," he did intimate that he sees merit in the sentiment.
  5. (intransitive) To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; to flap.
    The brim of a hat flops.
  6. (poker, transitive) To have (a hand) using the community cards dealt on the flop.
    Both players flopped sets! Cards dealt on the flop: Q95. Player A's hole cards: 55 (making three of a kind: 555). Player B's hole cards: QQ (making three of a kind: QQQ).
  7. (intransitive, slang) To stay, sleep or live in a place.
    • 1969, Howard E. Freeman, Norman R. Kurtz, America's Troubles: A Casebook on Social Conflict, Prentice-Hall, Page 414,
      […] not just the old material goal of "three hots and a place to flop," […]
    • 1973, Alan Watts, Cloud-Hidden, Whereabouts Unknown: A Mountain Journal, Pantheon Books, page 135,
      They have opened up crypts and basements as immense pads where vagrant and impoverished hippies can flop for the night.
Translations Translations Noun

flop (plural flops)

  1. An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
  2. A complete failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
  3. (poker) The first three cards turned face-up by the dealer in a community card poker game.
    • 1996: John Patrick, John Patrick's Casino Poker: Professional Gambler's Guide to Winning
      The flop didn't help you but probably did help the other hands.
    • 2003: Lou Krieger, Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games
      Here are six tips to help you play successfully on the flop (the first three communal cards).
    • 2005: Henry Stephenson, Real Poker Night: Taking Your Home Game to a New Level
      The strength of your hand now has nothing to do with how strong it may have been before the flop.
  4. A ponded package of dung, as in a cow-flop.
    • 2000, Dean King, A Sea of Words: A Lexicon and Companion for Patrick O'Brian's Seafaring Tales, Henry Holt & Co., Page 162,
      ... cowpat or cow-flop, Cow dung, often used dry as heating fuel.
    • 1960, Winston Graham, Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1787, Bodley Head, Page 302,
      "Maybe as you think," he said, "because as I've the misfortune of an accidental slip on a cow-flop therefore I has the inability of an unborn babe, ...
    • 2003, John W. Billheimer, Drybone Hollow, St. Martin's Press, Page 215,
      "Cow flop in a neat package is still cow flop. What did Cable stand to gain from the flood?"
    • 2018 Brent Butt as Brent Herbert Leroy, "Sasquatch Your Language", Corner Gas Animated
      Wherever legitimate tracks are found there's always some fresh scat, y'know, poo, flop, dumplings.
  5. (slang) A flophouse.
    • 2013, Gardner Dozois, ‎Jack Dann, Dangerous Games
      He was kind of worn but the tooth said he'd never lost a fight or slept in a flop.
  • (complete failure) dud, fiasco, turkey
  • (specifically in entertainment) box office bomb
Translations Translations
  • Italian: sacco di letame, sacco di merda

flop (not comparable)

  1. Right, squarely, flat-out.
  2. With a flopping sound.
Related terms Noun

flop (plural flops)

  1. (computing) One floating-point operation per second, a unit of measure of processor speed.
  2. (computing) Abbreviation of floating-point operation#English|floating-point operation.
    • 1993 August 17, New York Times, C8:
      The Correlator can perform 750 billion ‘flops’, or simple calculations, per second.


flop (plural flops)

  1. (computing) Synonym of flop.

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