• WordNet 3.6
    • adj flip marked by casual disrespect "a flip answer to serious question","the student was kept in for impudent behavior"
    • v flip reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
    • v flip go mad, go crazy "He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off"
    • v flip react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way "he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University"
    • v flip turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse "flip over the pork chop","turn over the pancakes"
    • v flip move with a flick or light motion
    • v flip cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation "switch on the light","throw the lever"
    • v flip throw or toss with a light motion "flip me the beachball","toss me newspaper"
    • v flip lightly throw to see which side comes up "I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!"
    • v flip cause to move with a flick "he flicked his Bic"
    • v flip toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
    • v flip look through a book or other written material "He thumbed through the report","She leafed through the volume"
    • n flip (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team "the pass was fumbled"
    • n flip an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
    • n flip a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water
    • n flip the act of flipping a coin
    • n flip a sudden, quick movement "with a flip of the wrist","the fish flipped over"
    • n flip hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Richmond, Virginia it is illegal to flip a coin in any eating establishment to determine who buys a cup of coffee.
    • n Flip flĭp A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron.
    • Flip 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.
    • Flip (Finance) To resell (an asset) rapidly to make a quick profit.
    • Flip 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."
    • Flip To turn (a flat object) over with a quick motion; as, to flip a card over; to flip a pancake.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In South Carolina, an inmate who was paralyzed behind bars says in a lawsuit that Spartanburg County jail guards should have stopped him from doing back flips off a desk in his cell. Torrence Johnson, who is suing for unspecified damages, said recently that he fell and crushed a vertebra while being held in maximum-security in 1998.
    • flip To fillip; tap lightly; twitch.
    • flip To flick, as with a whip.
    • flip To toss with a snap of the thumb, or the like: as, to flip up a penny in playing “heads and tails.”
    • flip To flap.
    • n flip A fillip; a flick; a snap.
    • flip Nimble; flippant.
    • n flip A mixture of which ale, beer, or cider is the chief ingredient, sweetened, spiced, made sometimes with eggs (see egg-flip), and drunk hot. It is considered essential to heat the compound by means of hot irons plunged into the liquor, which gives a burnt taste. See flip-dog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Most cell phone antennas have no purpose other than to make people believe that flipping up a 2 inch antenna just gave them better reception. They are not connected to any circuitry.
    • n Flip flip a hot drink of beer and spirits sweetened.
    • v.t Flip flip to fillip, to touch lightly: to toss up with a motion of the thumb
    • v.i Flip to flap
    • n Flip a fillip, a snap
    • n Flip a coster's dance: a form of somersault: a cracker
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  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a snowmobile racing across the tundra and then suddenly it flips over, pinning you underneath. At night, the ice weasels come.”


On the flip side - On the reverse or the other side


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. E. flip, nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow. Cf. Flippant


In literature:

It was the merest flip of a switch.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
Drinking-glasses or flip-mugs seem to have been most common, or, at any rate, most largely preserved.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
Stan flipped the pages of the book.
"Alarm Clock" by Everett B. Cole
Barth flipped on the microresolver, twisting the wheel that sent it racing across the path of the fleet ahead.
"Victory" by Lester del Rey
In a little while she could shift the ribbon or flip a sheet of paper in and out with the ease of an expert.
"Mary Ware's Promised Land" by Annie Fellows Johnston
He licked his lips and flipped the telephone-talker switch.
"The Native Soil" by Alan Edward Nourse
He opened it and a pair of sights flipped up.
"The Green Beret" by Thomas Edward Purdom
He dropped into a chair with a sigh and flipped a switch.
"PRoblem" by Alan Edward Nourse
I'm quite happy, Flip.
"St. Winifred's" by Frederic W. Farrar
I suppose you had in mind sitting and flipping back a few trank pills.
"Mercenary" by Dallas McCord Reynolds

In poetry:

To wear out walking, sleek and slow,
Upon a Summer day,
And there'd be one to see me so
And flip the world away.
"The Red Dress" by Dorothy Parker
The flip of cards on winter eves,
The whisky and the scoring,
As trees outside were stripped of leaves
And heavy seas were roaring.
"The Hon. Sec." by Sir John Betjeman
One I remember kept his coin,
And laughing flipped it in the air;
But when two strolling pipe-players
Came by, he tossed it to the pair.
"The Mendicants" by Bliss William Carman
" My eye, my eye!" says Capting Nye,
"I didn't expect that there,
That a full sized whale would stand on his tail
And turn nine flips in the air."
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
Then the whale piped high a leviathan cry
And he guggled in huge despair;
Then he splattered our sail and stud on his tail
And turned nine flips in the air.
"What Ho! She Blows!" by Wallace Irwin
Zoo all the lot o' stuff a-tied
Upon the plow, a tidy tod,
On gravel-crunchèn wheels did ride,
Wi' ho'ses, iron-shod,
That, as their heads did nod, my whip
Did guide along wi' lightsome flip.
"The Wheel Routs" by William Barnes

In news:

Freedom Fighter Or Flip- Flopper .
Blythe Danner calls Mitt Romney a "flip- flopper ".
Biden Defends Obama's Debate, Casts Romney As Flip- Flopper .
Romney Is Flip- Flopper .
Another Republican flip- flopper is running for president.
The Mind of a Flip- Flopper .
Hardliner, Not Flip- Flopper .
Mitt Romney has a flip-flop problem.
Mitt Romney, Meta Flip- Flopper .
Team Obama Blasts Romney as Flip- Flopper .
Obamas Flip Flops Fly In The Face Of Change.
Jerome Simpson's Touchdown Flip Could Be the Greatest Football Play of 2011.
When new quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo arrived at Arizona less than two months ago, he flipped on the game tapes to see what he had inherited.
Peep-toes, flip-flops and strappy stilettos—almost every fun summertime shoe calls for pretty painted toes.
Romney's flip-flop on gas prices.

In science:

Error Detection and Correction Once Alice and Bob have agreed on sifted bits, they must perform error correction to find and then eliminate those bits that have been damaged in transmission, i.e., the flipped bits sent as a 1 but received as a 0 or vice versa.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
Derivation of the 1+1 dimensional Dirac equation for thermal processes As pointed in paper spin-flip occurs only when there is more than one dimension in space.
Thermal processes induced in carbon nanotubes by attosecond laser pulses
Kak, A new method for coin flipping by telephone.
Testing Kak's Conjecture on Binary Reciprocal of Primes and Cryptographic Applications
Model of multiple stuck-at-faults Chapter II. «Long flip-flop» Chapter III. «Widened long flip-flop» Chapter IV.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'
Proof of theorems relating to testing of «widened long flip-flop»: A1.
Easily testable logical networks based on a 'widened long flip-flop'