flip - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleflipping
past tenseflipped
past participleflipped
  1. 1



    flip over

    [intransitive/transitive] to turn over quickly, or to make something turn over

    The car flipped as it went round the final curve.

    You’re supposed to flip a new mattress regularly.

    Just six months ago, she was flipping hamburgers for $6 an hour.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      to throw a coin into the air, making it turn over quickly, in order to decide about an issue
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    2. b.
      to throw something with a sudden movement using your fingers and thumb

      She flipped her glasses onto the desk in front of her.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to change suddenly from one subject, activity, or opinion to another
    flip between:

    She can flip between Spanish and English very easily.

    They’ve flipped back and forth between supporting and opposing these proposals.

    1. b.
      [transitive] to quickly turn the pages in a book, magazine etc
  3. 3
    [transitive] to change the position of something, or exchange the positions of two or more things
    flip something around/round:

    Flip the last two numbers around and there’s your answer.

  4. 4



    flip out

    [intransitive] informal to become very angry

    Her father flipped when he saw the phone bill.

    1. a.
      to become very enthusiastic or happy

      He flipped when he heard that he’d won.