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1. The movement or sound of repeated flapping.
2. A reversal, as of a stand or position: a foreign policy flip-flop.
3. A backless, often foam rubber sandal held to the foot at the big toe by means of a thong.
4. A backward somersault or handspring.
5. An electronic circuit or mechanical device capable of assuming either of two stable states, especially a computer circuit used to store a single bit of information.
v. flip-flopped, flip-flop·ping, flip-flops
1. To move back and forth between two conditions or circumstances, sometimes repeatedly: "The weather has flip-flopped between sweltering heat and violent storms" (New York Times).
2. To reverse a stand or position: "With the board having flip-flopped over zoning issues in the last several years, residents are looking to this fall's election for clarity" (Eugene L. Meyer).
3. To execute a backward somersault or handspring.
To move from one position to the reverse or opposite: The coach flip-flopped the linemen.
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1. (Gymnastics) a backward handspring
2. (Electronics) Also called: bistable an electronic device or circuit that can assume either of two stable states by the application of a suitable pulse
3. informal chiefly US a complete change of opinion, policy, etc
4. a repeated flapping or banging noise
5. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called (US, Canadian, Austral, and NZ): thong a rubber-soled sandal attached to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the next toe
vb (intr) , -flops, -flopping or -flopped
6. informal chiefly US to make a complete change of opinion, policy, etc
7. to move with repeated flaps
with repeated flappings: to go flip-flop.
[C16: reduplication of flip]
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n., v. -flopped, -flop•ping. n.
1. a sudden or unexpected reversal, as of opinion or policy.
2. a backward somersault.
3. Also called flip′-flop` cir`cuit. an electronic circuit having two stable conditions, each one corresponding to one of two alternative input signals.
4. the sound or motion of something flapping.
5. a flat backless shoe or slipper, esp. one of rubber with a thong between the first two toes.v.i.
6. to perform a flip-flop.Also, flip′-flap` (for defs. 2, 5, 9, 12), flip′flop` (for def. 6, 7).
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Past participle: flip-flopped
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|Noun||1.||flip-flop - a decision to reverse an earlier decision|
deciding, decision making - the cognitive process of reaching a decision; "a good executive must be good at decision making"
|2.||flip-flop - a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe|
sandal - a shoe consisting of a sole fastened by straps to the foot
|3.||flip-flop - an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states|
|4.||flip-flop - a backward somersault|
|Verb||1.||flip-flop - reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)|
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1. flip-flops (= sandals) → chancletas fpl
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
(Sport) → Flickflack m
(Elec) → Flipflop m
(Brit: = sandal) → Gummilatsche f (inf)
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