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verb flap pronunciation in British English /flæp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleflapping
past tenseflapped
past participleflapped

Related meanings

  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if a birds wings flap, or if the bird flaps them, they move quickly up and down

    The swan hissed and flapped its huge wings.

    1. b.
      [intransitive] to move noisily up and down or from side to side, especially in the wind

      I tried to keep up, my coat flapping in the wind.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] British informal to be very worried, nervous, or excited about something

    Just keep calm and don’t flap.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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