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Date: 1900-2000
Origin: Filipino

flip

2 noun
     
Related topics: Sport
flip2 [countable]
1 an action in which you make a flat object such as a coin go upwards and turn over in the air [= toss]:
In the end the decision was made by the flip of a coin.
2DS a movement in which you jump up and turn over in the air, so that your feet go over your head [= somersault]:
I tripped and almost did a backward flip down the stairs.
3 an action in which you turn the pages of a book or newspaper quickly, especially because you are looking for something [= flick]
flip through
I had a quick flip through my cookery books and found a recipe that sounded quite nice.

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