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"flip" in British English

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flipverb

uk   us   /flɪp/ (-pp-)
  • flip verb (TURN)

[I or T, usually + adv/prep] If you flip something, you ​turn it over ​quickly one or more ​times, and if something flips, it ​turns over ​quickly: I flipped the ​book (over) to ​look at the back ​cover. I ​lost my ​place in my ​book when the ​pages flipped over in the ​wind. You ​turn the ​machine on by flipping (= ​operating) the switch on the ​side. The captainsflipped a coin into the ​air (= made it ​turn over in the ​air to ​see which ​side it ​landed on) to ​decide which ​side would ​bat first. [T] to ​cook something by ​turning it over several ​times over ​heat: I don't ​want to ​spend the ​rest of my ​life flipping ​burgers.

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flipnoun [C]

uk   us   /flɪp/
an ​occasion when something ​turns over ​quickly or ​repeatedly: a flip of a ​coin The ​acrobats were doing ​somersaults and flips (= ​jumping and ​turningtheirbodies over in the ​air).

flipadjective

uk   us   /flɪp/ (flipper, flippest)

flipexclamation

uk   us   /flɪp/ UK old-fashioned informal
(Definition of flip from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flip" in American English

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flipverb [I/T]

 us   /flɪp/ (-pp-)
to ​cause something to ​turn over ​quickly one or more ​times, or to ​cause something to move by making a ​short, ​quickmotion: [I/T] I flipped (through) the ​pages of the ​dictionary to ​look up a word. [T] You just flip a ​switch to ​turn on the ​computer. [T] At the ​beginning of a ​footballgame, the ​referee flips a ​coin (= ​throws it into the ​air so that it ​spins in ​falling) to ​see which ​team gets the ​ball first.
Phrasal verbs

flipnoun [C]

 us   /flɪp/
the ​act of ​turning something over ​quickly one or more ​times: They ​settled the ​issue by a flip of the ​coin. A flip is also a ​jump in which you ​swingyourlegs over ​yourhead as ​yourwholebodyturns around, so that you come down on ​yourfeet in the ​position you ​started from.
(Definition of flip from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"flip" in Business English

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flipverb [T]

uk   us   /flɪp/ (-pp-)
STOCK MARKET, PROPERTY to ​sellshares or ​property immediately after you have ​bought them in ​order to make a quick ​profit: Big ​institutionalclients of ​investmentbanksbuy and then flip the ​shares. They are looking to flip the ​property: they ​buy at the first ​stage of ​development, and ​aim to ​sell before they have to ​pay the ​finalinstalment.
(Definition of flip from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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