Date: 1500-1600
Origin: Probably from the sound


1 verb
flip1 past tense and past participle flipped, present participle flipping


[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition] to move something with a quick sudden movement so that it is in a different position:
He flipped the top off the bottle and poured himself a drink.
She flipped the lid of the box open and looked inside.
flip over
He flipped the paper over and started writing on the back.

turn in the air

[transitive] to make a flat object such as a coin go upwards and turn over in the air [= toss]:
We flipped a coin to see who would go first.
There's quite an art to flipping pancakes.


[intransitive] informal to suddenly become very angry or upset [= lose it]:
I just flipped and started shouting.

turn a switch

[transitive] to move a switch so that a machine or piece of electrical equipment starts or stops [= flick]:
Anna flipped the switch that opened the front gate.
flip something on/off
Josie flipped on the radio.

turn pages

[intransitive and transitive] to turn the pages of a book or newspaper quickly, especially because you are looking for something:
He picked up the newspaper and flipped straight to the sports pages.
flip through
I flipped through my address book but couldn't find her phone number.

flip your lid

informal to suddenly become very angry [= go crazy]:
Mom flipped her lid when she found out I was pregnant.

flip somebody ↔ off

phrasal 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

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