Definition of flip noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//flɪp//
    ; NAmE NAmE//flɪp//
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  1. 1[countable] a small quick hit with a part of the body that causes something to turn over The whole thing was decided on the flip of a coin.
  2. 2[countable] a movement in which the body turns over in the air synonym somersault The handstand was followed by a back flip. (figurative) Her heart did a flip.
  3. 3[singular] flip through something a quick look through the pages of a book, magazine, etc. synonym flick I had a quick flip through the report while I was waiting.
  4. Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a verb in the sense ‘make a flick with the finger and thumb’): probably a contraction of fillip.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: flip