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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flip
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
flick/flip a switch (=move it so something starts or stops)
▪ You start the fan by just flipping this switch.
flick/flip/leaf through the pages of sth (=turn them quickly)
▪ She was flicking through the pages of a magazine.
flip chart
flip chip
▪ flip-chip technology
flip phone
flip side
▪ The flip side of the treatment is that it can make patients feel very tired.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
coin
▪ Given those odds, claims Salsburg, one might as well flip a coin.
▪ The customer wanted to flip a coin about paying the price for a photo of his daughter.
▪ If memory serves, we actually went into the hall and flipped a coin.
lid
▪ Every now and then, everyone knows, folk flip their lid and take their holiday anyway.
▪ He flipped the lid open and shut with his thumb.
page
▪ More likely Goya passed them around his friends or flipped through the pages.
▪ I flipped through the pages of my field guide.
▪ You flip the pages, read their comments.
▪ He bought a magazine and flipped its pages while he drank the coffee.
▪ When I read to him, he flips the pages in my hand to see what lies just ahead.
▪ He flipped back the pages of his note-book, and found the scrappy diary of those few days.
▪ The imam excused himself, leaving me to flip through the pages of the album.
switch
▪ He flipped a switch and the front door opened.
▪ What if you forget to flip the switch reactivating the air bags and then hit another car head on?
▪ MPEG-2 will succeed MPEG-1, but not by flipping a factory switch.
▪ Glover watched light drain out of both him and Paul as if some one had flipped a switch.
▪ The phones were dead until Leese flipped the master switch.
▪ He flew a certain route, flipped the mission switches.
▪ Guy flipped on the power switch and caught up, pacing the other rider for several miles.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
toss/flip a coin
▪ We like to get out a map, and flip a coin to decide where to go.
▪ Eddie DeBartolo and Carmen Policy: Flip a coin.
▪ Given those odds, claims Salsburg, one might as well flip a coin.
▪ I tossed a coin with Bill Wall for this, and won.
▪ If memory serves, we actually went into the hall and flipped a coin.
▪ Like tossing a coin to decide on a man's life.
▪ The customer wanted to flip a coin about paying the price for a photo of his daughter.
▪ Torn between passing the letter to Alice or Amelia, Robert tossed a coin and settled on the latter.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Come help me flip this mattress.
▪ I flipped over the card to see what was written on the other side.
▪ She flipped the pancakes over with one smooth movement.
▪ The guy just flipped out and started shooting.
▪ When Jerry found out about the money we took, he completely flipped his lid.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ I flipped the machine off and stared at it.
▪ I shake my head at the pill, and he flips it off the bed like it was a bug pestering him.
▪ I started to flip through it, but I didn't know where to begin.
▪ Moments before touchdown, he flipped on the aircraft landing lights.
▪ She flipped her mind and the handle came back, a size or two too large.
▪ They flip the embroidered cover off the stereo.
▪ Though he has flipped and flopped on many issues, he has stuck to beliefs typical of farm-belt Republicanism.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
chart
▪ At her shoulder was an electronic flip chart she was using to assist in her presentation.
▪ So he stole a big A2 flip chart from work - the council has lots - and that sorted everything out.
▪ Resources Possibility of shelving, box files and flip chart.
▪ Notes previously written on a flip chart pad.
side
▪ The facts, which spilled out in no particular order, revealed the flip side of the fairytale.
▪ On the flip side of partnerships, Gates talked about Microsoft's competition.
▪ But the flip side of that effectiveness is quite clear when things go wrong.
▪ But there was a flip side to the coin.
▪ But there is also the flip side of the coin.
▪ It did sound very much like the flip side to Mrs Richards' story.
▪ It is probably obvious that each of these difficulties has an educational flip side.
▪ All this love had brought her, taught her: the flip side of ecstasy.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a backward flip
▪ It'll be decided by a flip of a coin.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Any flip of the remote control will serve up countless images of graphic violence.
▪ His craggy features dissolved into a breathtakingly attractive smile, and Robbie felt her insides give the oddest little flip.
▪ The guys tapped on their heels, balanced precariously and even attempted a few body flips.
III.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ But the good news is the flip side of the bad: every change creates new needs.
▪ Manion drew two equations on the flip chart.
▪ On the flip side is the Hong Kong flag, also red but with five leaves forming a star.
▪ The flip side of virtue is pride.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Flip

Flip \Flip\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flipped (fl[i^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Flipping.] To become insane or irrational; -- often used with out; as, seeing her mother killed made the girl flip out.

Flip

Flip \Flip\ (fl[i^]p), n. [Cf. Prov. E. flip nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow. Cf. Flippant.] A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron.

Flip dog, an iron used, when heated, to warm flip.

Flip

Flip \Flip\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Flipped (fl[i^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Flipping.]

  1. To toss (an object) into the air so as make it turn over one or more times; to fillip; as, to flip up a cent.

    As when your little ones Do 'twixt their fingers flip their cherry stones.
    --W. Browne.

  2. To turn (a flat object) over with a quick motion; as, to flip a card over; to flip a pancake.

  3. To cause (a person) to turn against former colleagues, such as to become a witness for the state, in a criminal prosecution in which the person is a defendant. [cant]

  4. (Finance) To resell (an asset) rapidly to make a quick profit. [cant]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
flip

1590s "to fillip, to toss with the thumb," imitative, or perhaps a thinned form of flap, or else a contraction of fillip (q.v.), which also is held to be imitative. Meaning "toss as though with the thumb" is from 1610s. Meaning "to flip a coin" (to decide something) is by 1879. Sense of "get excited" is first recorded 1950; flip (one's) lid "lose one's head, go wild" is from 1949, American English; variant flip (one's) wig attested by 1952, but the image turns up earlier in popular record reviews ["Talking Boogie. Not quite as wig-flipping as reverse side
--but a wig-flipper" Billboard, Sept. 17, 1949]. Related: Flipped. Flipping (adj.) as euphemism for fucking is British slang first recorded 1911 in D.H. Lawrence. Flip side (of a gramophone record) is by 1949.

flip

sailors' hot drink usually containing beer, brandy and sugar, 1690s, from flip (v.); so called from notion of it being "whipped up" or beaten.

flip

"talkative and disrespectfully smart," see flippant.

flip

1690s, "a flick, a snap;" see flip (v.). In reference to an overturning of the body, probably short for flip-flap (see flip-flop) "somersault in which the performer throws himself over on hands and feet alternately," 1670s, originally a move in (male) dancing.

Wiktionary
flip

Etymology 1 n. 1 A maneuver which rotates an object end over end. 2 A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc. 3 (cx US slang English) A slingshot. vb. (context transitive English) To throw (as in to turn over). Etymology 2

interj. (context UK mildly vulgar English) used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error. Etymology 3

  1. 1 (context British informal English) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose. 2 sarcastic Etymology 4

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

WordNet
flip
  1. adj. marked by casual disrespect; "a flip answer to serious question"; "the student was kept in for impudent behavior" [syn: impudent, insolent, snotty-nosed]

  2. [also: flipping, flipped]

flip
  1. n. an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return [syn: somersault, somersaulting]

  2. hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg

  3. the act of flipping a coin [syn: toss]

  4. a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water

  5. (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team; "the pass was fumbled" [syn: pass, toss]

  6. [also: flipping, flipped]

flip
  1. v. lightly throw to see which side comes up; "I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!" [syn: toss]

  2. cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever" [syn: throw, switch]

  3. look through a book or other written material; "He thumbed through the report"; "She leafed through the volume" [syn: flick, thumb, riffle, leaf, riff]

  4. toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air [syn: twitch]

  5. cause to move with a flick; "he flicked his Bic" [syn: flick]

  6. throw or toss with a light motion; "flip me the beachball"; "toss me newspaper" [syn: toss, sky, pitch]

  7. move with a flick or light motion

  8. turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse; "flip over the pork chop"; "turn over the pancakes" [syn: flip over, turn over]

  9. go mad, go crazy; "He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off" [syn: flip out]

  10. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: interchange, tack, switch, alternate, flip-flop]

  11. [also: flipping, flipped]

Wikipedia
Flip

Flip, FLIP, or flips may refer to:

Flip (mathematics)

In algebraic geometry, flips and flops are codimension-2 surgery operations arising in the minimal model program, given by blowing up along a relative canonical ring. In dimension 3 flips are used to construct minimal models, and any two birationally equivalent minimal models are connected by a sequence of flops. It is conjectured that the same is true in higher dimensions.

Flip (album)

Flip is a 1985 solo album from Nils Lofgren, longtime guitarist for Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen. The sound is typical of the style of the mid-80's, with a heavy emphasis on the snare drum sound, Lofgren's guitar, and plenty of synthesizer.

Flip (form)

The flip or clamshell is a mobile phone form factor feature phone which is in two or more sections that fold via a hinge. If the hinge is on a long edge the device is more likely to be called clamshell than flip phone (e.g., Nokia Communicators).

When the clamshell is open, the device is up and ready to be used. The interface components are kept inside the clamshell, which offers more surface area than when the device is closed. Interface components such as keys and display are protected when the clamshell is closed, and it is shorter or narrower, making the device easier to carry around. A disadvantage of the clamshell design is the connecting hinge, which is prone to fatigue or failure.

The clamshell form factor is most closely associated with the mobile phone market, as Motorola used to have a trademark on the term "flip phone", but the term "flip phone" has become genericized to be used more frequently than "clamshell" in colloquial speech. The design is also used on some landline phones, particularly cordless phones. Other devices using the flip form include laptop computers, subnotebooks, the Game Boy Advance SP, the Nintendo DS, and the NVIDIA Shield, though these are less frequently described as "flip" or "clamshell" compared to cellular phones.

Flip (cocktail)

A flip is a class of mixed drinks. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the term was first used in 1695 to describe a mixture of beer, rum, and sugar, heated with a red-hot iron ("Thus we live at sea; eat biscuit, and drink flip"). The iron caused the drink to froth, and this frothing (or "flipping") engendered the name. Over time, eggs were added and the proportion of sugar increased, the beer was eliminated, and the drink ceased to be served hot.

The first bar guide to feature a flip (and to add eggs to the list of ingredients) was Jerry Thomas's 1862 How to Mix Drinks; or, The Bon-Vivant's Companion. In this work, Thomas declares that, "The essential in flips of all sorts is to produce the smoothness by repeated pouring back and forward between two vessels and beating up the eggs well in the first instance the sweetening and spices according to taste."

With time, the distinction between egg nog (a spirit, egg, cream, sugar, and spice) and a flip (a spirit, egg, sugar, spice, but no cream) was gradually codified in America's bar guides. In recent decades, bar guides have begun to indicate the presence of cream in a flip as optional.

Flip (acrobatic)

An acrobatic flip is a sequence of body movements in which a person leaps into the air and then rotates one or more times while airborne. Acrobatic flips are performed in acro dance, free running, gymnastics, cheerleading and various other activities. This is in contrast to freestyle BMX, in which a person revolves in the air about a bicycle.

Acrobatic flips can be started from a stationary, standing position and they are also commonly executed immediately following another rotational move, such as a roundoff or handspring, so as to take advantage of the angular momentum developed in the preceding move. In general, the hands do not touch the floor during execution of a flip and performers typically strive to land on the feet in an upright position.

Flip (nickname)

Flip is a nickname of:

  • Flip Benham (born 1948), American evangelical Christian minister and anti-abortion leader
  • Flip Cornett (1957–2004), American funk guitarist and bassist
  • Andrew Filipowski (born 1950), Polish-American technology entrepreneur
  • Flip Johnson (born 1963), American retired National Football League player
  • Flip Kowlier (born 1976), Belgian singer-songwriter
  • Flip Lafferty (1854–1910), Major League Baseball player
  • Flip Mark (born 1948), American former child actor
  • Ronald Murray (born 1979), American basketball player, formerly with the National Basketball Association
  • Flip Phillips (1915–2001), American jazz tenor saxophone and clarinet
  • Scott Phillips (musician) (born 1973), drummer for Alter Bridge and Creed
  • Al Rosen (born 1924), Major League Baseball Third baseman
  • Flip Saunders (born 1955), American basketball coach
  • Flip Simmons, Australian actor and musician
  • Philip Slier (1923–1943), Dutch Jewish diarist and Holocaust victim
  • P. F. Sloan (born 1945), American pop-rock singer and songwriter born Philip Gary Schlein
  • Flip van der Merwe (born 1985), South African rugby union footballer
  • Willie Williams (murderer) (1956-2005), American mass murderer
  • Flip Wilson (1933–1998), American actor and comedian

Usage examples of "flip".

Tooe shot through it, flipping over to bounce off the ceiling and accelerating down through the short cabin toward the control section.

Gian nodded, the motion sent that front flipped curl into an adorable jiggle off the sides of his thick auburn brows.

The only problem with that is that there are villainous people, like myself, who always flip through a collection and read the introductions first, and we would probably do that even if they were afterwords instead.

Making the trip down ten flights would be the ultimate way to flip off her agoraphobia, a fitting cap to her week of desensitization and self-improvement.

The lanky slicer was peering through an access panel with his magnispecs flipped down, manipulating a micrograbber in each hand and muttering to himself in a high-pitched, staccato manner that sounded alarmingly like machine code.

He flipped over to another screen and was doodling equations when the door opened and Tchar and the ardass entered.

Safar flipped through the pages of the Book of Asper for clues to the proper spell.

Josie reached to the coffee holder and flipped a doggie ear backward on the Beanie puppy.

As she looked over to where Blu had crouched to douse the fire for the night, her heart did a strange little flip in her chest.

He watched as Bluey switched on the taxi and landing lights, flipped in twenty degrees of flaps, trimmed for takeoff, and shoved the throttle in.

Both the Bowman sisters watched closely as he flipped open the tiny brass hinge to reveal a small bottle sealed with thread and wax.

The force of the impact flipped Bucca 180 degrees and partially broke his fall.

She flipped her finger into the air and Budgie winged away into the woods.

Zeuxis would flip and Van Gogh would get the shakes if they could see the canvas and palette and brush Chib uses.

The Clueless Crew continued flipping through the magazine, taking swigs from their Diet Cokes and passing one-word judgments on the images on each page.