Meaning of “flip” in the English Dictionary

"flip" in English

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uk /flɪp/ 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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flip verb (IMPROVE HOUSE)

[ T ] US to buy a house, improve it a little, then sell it quickly for more money:

I am going to take three weeks' vacation and flip this house.


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flipnoun [ C ]

uk /flɪp/ us /flɪp/


uk /flɪp/ us /flɪp/ flipper, flippest


uk /flɪp/ 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, quick motion:

[ 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 football game, the referee flips a coin (= throws it into the air so that it spins in falling) to see which team gets the ball first.

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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 swing your legs over your head as your whole body turns around, so that you come down on your feet 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 /flɪp/ us -pp-

STOCK MARKET, PROPERTY to sell shares or property immediately after you have bought them in order to make a quick profit:

Big institutional clients of investment banks buy 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 final instalment.

(Definition of “flip” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)