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English definition of “flop”

flop

verb  /flɑp/ (-pp-) us  

flop verb (FALL)

[I always + adv/prep] to fall or drop heavily: A newborn baby’s head flops backward if you don’t support it.

flop verb (FAIL)

[I] infml to fail: Her first book flopped, but her second became a bestseller.

flop

noun  /flɑp/ us  

flop noun (FAILURE)

[C usually sing] infml a failure: The movie was a complete flop.

flop noun (FALL)

[U] a heavy drop or fall: He fell with a flop on the bed.
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