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Definition of flip-flop verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

flip-flop

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈflɪp flɒp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪp flɑːp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flip-flop
BrE BrE//ˈflɪp flɒp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪp flɑːp//
 
he / she / it flip-flops
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past simple flip-flopped
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past participle flip-flopped
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-ing form flip-flopping
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(flip-flopping, flip-flopped) [intransitive] flip-flop (on something) (informal, especially North American English) to change your opinion about something, especially when you then hold the opposite opinion The vice-president was accused of flip-flopping on several major issues. Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘something that flaps or flops’): imitative reduplication of flop.
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