flip

To flip is to turn or toss upside down, like flipping a mattress over. People flip out when excited, and a flip remark is disrespectful.

There are many types of flips and flipping. Gymnasts who turn themselves upside down are doing flips. Turning a pancake over is flipping it. Any quick, light motion can be described as a flip, like a quarterback flipping the ball to a receiver. When someone is extremely excited — and usually mad — they flip out. Also, flip comments are casual, quick, and disrespectful.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: flip

1
vn
turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse
an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return
2
vn
cause to move with a flick
a sudden, quick movement
3
v
look through a book or other written material
4
v
react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way
5
v
reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
6
n
hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg
7
adj
marked by casual disrespect
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: flip
1

v turn upside down, or throw so as to reverse

flip over the pork chop”
Synonyms:
flip over, turn over
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

v toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air

Synonyms:
twitch
Type of:
move
move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion

v lightly throw to see which side comes up

“I don't know what to do--I may as well flip a coin!”
Synonyms:
toss
Type of:
turn
change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense

n an acrobatic feat in which the feet roll over the head (either forward or backward) and return

Synonyms:
somersault, somersaulting, somerset, summersault, summerset
Types:
flip-flop
a backward somersault
Type of:
tumble
an acrobatic feat of rolling or turning end over end

n the act of flipping a coin

Synonyms:
toss
Type of:
throw
casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly

n a dive in which the diver somersaults before entering the water

Type of:
dive, diving
a headlong plunge into water
2

v cause to move with a flick

Synonyms:
flick
Type of:
throw
propel through the air

v move with a flick or light motion

Type of:
impel, propel
cause to move forward with force

v throw or toss with a light motion

flip me the beachball”
Synonyms:
pitch, sky, toss
Types:
submarine
throw with an underhand motion
lag
throw or pitch at a mark, as with coins
throw back, toss back
throw back with a quick, light motion
Type of:
fling
throw with force or recklessness

v cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation

Synonyms:
switch, throw
Types:
switch on, turn on
cause to operate by flipping a switch
cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
kill
cause to cease operating
Type of:
engage, lock, mesh, operate
keep engaged

n a sudden, quick movement

“with a flip of the wrist”
“the fish flipped over”
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)

n (sports) the act of throwing the ball to another member of your team

Synonyms:
pass, toss
Types:
centering, snap
(American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back
Type of:
throw
the act of throwing (propelling something with a rapid movement of the arm and wrist)
3

v look through a book or other written material

Synonyms:
flick, leaf, riff, riffle, thumb
Type of:
peruse
examine or consider with attention and in detail
4

v react in an excited, delighted, or surprised way

“he flipped when he heard that he was accepted into Princeton University”
Synonyms:
flip out
Type of:
react, respond
show a response or a reaction to something

v go mad, go crazy

“He flipped when he heard that he was being laid off”
Synonyms:
flip out
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
5

v reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Synonyms:
alternate, flip-flop, interchange, switch, tack
Type of:
change by reversal, reverse, turn
change to the contrary
6

n hot or cold alcoholic mixed drink containing a beaten egg

Type of:
mixed drink
made of two or more ingredients
7

adj marked by casual disrespect

“a flip answer to serious question”
Synonyms:
impudent, insolent, snotty-nosed
disrespectful
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
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