- 1[intransitive] flop into/on something | flop (down/back) to sit or lie down in a heavy and sudden way because you are very tired Exhausted, he flopped down into a chair. See related entries: Tiredness
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. to fall, move or hang in a heavy or awkward way, without control Her hair flopped over her eyes. The young man flopped back, unconscious. The fish were flopping around in the bottom of the boat.
- 3[intransitive] (informal) to be a complete failure The play flopped on Broadway. England flopped in the European Championship. Many of his ambitious schemes have flopped in the past. See related entries: Showing films Word Origin early 17th cent.: variant of flap.
BrE BrE//flɒp//; NAmE NAmE//flɑːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flop
BrE BrE//flɒp//; NAmE NAmE//flɑːp//he / she / it flops
BrE BrE//flɒps//; NAmE NAmE//flɑːps//past simple flopped
BrE BrE//flɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//flɑːpt//past participle flopped
BrE BrE//flɒpt//; NAmE NAmE//flɑːpt//-ing form flopping
BrE BrE//ˈflɒpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɑːpɪŋ//Tiredness, Showing films