American English

Definition of flip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flip
    he / she / it flips
    past simple flipped
    -ing form flipping
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to turn over into a different position with a sudden quick movement; to make something do this The plane flipped and crashed. (figurative) She felt her heart flip (= with excitement, etc.). flip something (+ adj.) He flipped the lid open and looked inside the case. see also flip over
  2. 2[transitive] to press a button or switch in order to turn a machine, etc. on or off synonym flick flip something to flip a switch flip something on/off She reached over and flipped off the light.
  3. 3[transitive] to throw something somewhere using your thumb and/or fingers synonym toss flip a coin They flipped a coin to decide who would get the ticket. flip something + adv./prep. He flipped the keys onto the desk.
  4. 4[intransitive] flip (out) (informal) to become very angry, excited, or unable to think clearly My mom flipped when she found out I failed my math test. He completely flipped when he saw the mess in the kitchen.
  5. Idioms
    flip your lid (informal)
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    to become very angry and lose control of what you are saying or doing She'll flip her lid when she finds out.
    Phrasal Verbsflip overflip somethingoverflip through something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flip