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  • IPA(key): /flɪp/
  • Rhymes: -ɪp

Etymology 1

Alteration of earlier fillip, from Middle English filippen (to make a signal or sound with thumb and right forefinger, snap the fingers), an attenuated variation of flappen (to flap, clap, slap, strike). Cognate with Dutch flappen (to flap), German flappen (to flap).


flip (plural flips)

  1. A maneuver which rotates an object end over end.
    We’ll decide this on a flip of a coin.
    The diver did a couple of flips before landing in the pool.
  2. A complete change of direction, decision, movement etc.
  3. (US, slang) A slingshot.
    • 1986, George Scarbrough, A summer ago (page 123)
      He loaded his flip and took careful aim at what he considered to be Emily’s most vulnerable spot []
  4. A hairstyle popular among boys in the 1960s–70s and 2000s–10s, in which the hair goes halfway down the ears, at which point it sticks out
    Justin Bieber and Zac Efron are among the celebrities who wore a flip.
  5. (informal) The purchase of an asset (usually a house) which is then improved and sold quickly for profit.
    • 2007, Rick Villani, Clay Davis, Gary Keller, Flip: How to Find, Fix, and Sell Houses for Profit (page viii)
      What they bring to the table is hard-won brass-tacks knowledge from over fifteen years of personal investing as well as riding shotgun on over 1,000 flips with their clients.
Derived terms


flip (third-person singular simple present flips, present participle flipping, simple past and past participle flipped)

  1. (transitive) To throw so as to turn over.
    Synonyms: turn, turn over
  2. (transitive) To put into a quick revolving motion through a snap of the thumb and index finger.
    Synonym: toss
  3. (transitive, US politics) To win a state (or county) won by another party in the preceding elections.
  4. (intransitive, US) To turn state’s evidence; to agree to testify against one’s co-conspirators in exchange for concessions from prosecutors.
  5. (transitive, US) To induce someone to turn state’s evidence; to get someone to agree to testify against their co-conspirators in exchange for concessions.
  6. (intransitive, slang) To go berserk or crazy.
  7. (transitive, informal) To buy an asset (usually a house), improve it and sell it quickly for profit.
  8. (transitive, computing) To invert a bit (binary digit), changing it from 0 to 1 or from 1 to 0.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

Apparently a euphemism for fuck.



  1. (Britain, euphemistic) Used to express annoyance, especially when the speaker has made an error.
  • damn
Related terms
  • flipping

Etymology 3

Clipping of flippant


flip (comparative flipper, superlative flippest)

  1. (Britain, informal) Having the quality of playfulness, or lacking seriousness of purpose.
    I hate to be flip, but perhaps we could steal a Christmas tree.
  2. Sarcastic.
  3. (informal) Disrespectful, flippant.
    Don’t get flip with me or I’ll knock you into next Tuesday!
  • (disrespectful): see Thesaurus:cheeky

Etymology 4

Compare English dialect flip (nimble, flippant, also, a slight blow).


flip (uncountable)

  1. A mixture of beer, spirit, etc., stirred and heated by a hot iron (a “flip dog”).
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, I.9:
      [H]e had provided vast quantities of strong beer, flip, rumbo, and burnt brandy, with plenty of Barbadoes water for the ladies [] .
    • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 21:
      I frequently took of large potations, though not of champagne certainly, but port, strong ales, and punch, and when our funds were low as sometimes happened, hot flip [] .





  1. first-person singular present indicative of flippen
  2. imperative of flippen



  • IPA(key): /flip/


flip m (plural flips)

  1. a type of alcoholic punch from Normandy, composed of cider and calvados
  2. (gymnastics) backflip

Further reading

  • “flip” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).



From Old French entrechange


  • Rhymes: -eɪndʒ
  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ĭntə(r)chānj’, IPA(key): /ɪntə(ɹ)ˈtʃeɪndʒ/
  • (US) enPR: ĭntərchānj’, IPA(key): /ɪntɚˈtʃeɪndʒ/
  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: ĭn’tə(r)chānj, IPA(key): /ˈɪntə(ɹ).tʃeɪndʒ/
  • (US) enPR: ĭn’tərchānj, IPA(key): /ˈɪntɚtʃeɪndʒ/


interchange (third-person singular simple present interchanges, present participle interchanging, simple past and past participle interchanged)

  1. (transitive) to switch (each of two things)
    to interchange places
  2. (transitive) to mutually give and receive (something); to exchange
  3. (intransitive) to swap or change places
  4. (transitive) to alternate; to intermingle or vary
    to interchange cares with pleasures
  5. (transport) To act as or carry out an interchange (noun, senses 2, 3).


  • (to switch each of two things): exchange, swap; See also Thesaurus:switch
  • (to mutually give and receive something): exchange, trade; See also Thesaurus:trade
  • (to change places):
  • (to alternate): See also Thesaurus:alternate or Thesaurus:mix



interchange (countable and uncountable, plural interchanges)

  1. An act of interchanging.
  2. A highway junction in which traffic may change from one road to another without crossing a stream of traffic.
  3. (rail transport) A connection between two or more lines, services or modes of transport; a station at which such a connection can be made.

Usage notes

Generally the rail transport sense of “interchange” applies to connections within the same station, or from two close-by stations. Sometimes, especially within the context of public transport in London, “interchange” is restricted to within-station connections only with outerchange used for those that involve leaving the station.


  • (rail transport): outerchange (in some contexts only, see usage notes)

Derived terms

  • electronic data interchange
  • system interchange
  • transport interchange



  • “interchange”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.

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