|Origin:||Probably from the sound|
flip1 past tense and past participle flipped, present participle flipping
to move something with a quick sudden movement so that it is in a different position:
move[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
He flipped the top off the bottle and poured himself a drink.
She flipped the lid of the box open and looked inside.
He flipped the paper over and started writing on the back.
to make a flat object such as a coin go upwards and turn over in the air [= toss]:
turn in the air[transitive]
We flipped a coin to see who would go first.
There's quite an art to flipping pancakes.
to suddenly become very angry or upset [= lose it]:
I just flipped and started shouting.
to move a switch so that a machine or piece of electrical equipment starts or stops [= flick]:
turn a switch[transitive]
Anna flipped the switch that opened the front gate.
flip something on/off
Josie flipped on the radio.
to turn the pages of a book or newspaper quickly, especially because you are looking for something:
turn pages[intransitive and transitive]
He picked up the newspaper and flipped straight to the sports pages.
I flipped through my address book but couldn't find her phone number.
to suddenly become very angry [= go crazy]:
Mom flipped her lid when she found out I was pregnant.
flip somebody ↔ offphrasal verb
also flip somebody the bird
to make a rude sign at someone by lifting up your middle finger and keeping your other fingers down