flip vs twitch what difference

what is difference between flip and twitch

English

Pronunciation

  • 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).

Noun

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.
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Verb

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.
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Etymology 2

Apparently a euphemism for fuck.

Interjection

flip

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

Etymology 3

Clipping of flippant

Adjective

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!
Synonyms
  • (disrespectful): see Thesaurus:cheeky

Etymology 4

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

Noun

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 [] .

Dutch

Pronunciation

Verb

flip

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

French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flip/

Noun

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).


English

Etymology 1

From Middle English twicchen, from Old English *twiċċan, from Proto-West Germanic *twikkijan (to nail, pin, fasten, clasp, pinch). Cognate with English tweak, Low German twikken, German Low German twicken (to pinch, pinch off), zweckōn and gizwickan (> German zwicken (to pinch)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /twɪt͡ʃ/, [tʰw̥ɪt͡ʃ]
  • Rhymes: -ɪtʃ

Noun

twitch (countable and uncountable, plural twitches)

  1. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
  2. (informal) Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
  3. (farriery) A stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or an ear of a horse and twisted to keep the animal quiet during minor surgery.
    Synonym: barnacle
    • 1861, John Henry Walsh, The Horse in the Stable and in the Field
      THE TWITCH is a short stick of strong ash, about the size of a mopstick, with a hole pierced near the end, through which is passed a piece of strong but small cord, and tied in a loop large enough to admit the open hand freely.
  4. (physiology) A brief, contractile response of a skeletal muscle elicited by a single maximal volley of impulses in the neurons supplying it.
  5. (mining) The sudden narrowing almost to nothing of a vein of ore.
  6. (birdwatching) A trip taken in order to observe a rare bird.
Derived terms
  • fast-twitch
  • nervous twitch
  • slow-twitch
  • twitch game
Translations

References

  • Twitch in The Free Dictionary (Medicine)

Verb

twitch (third-person singular simple present twitches, present participle twitching, simple past and past participle twitched)

  1. (intransitive) To perform a twitch; spasm.
  2. (transitive) To cause to twitch; spasm.
    • 1922, Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit
      Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses…
  3. (transitive) To jerk sharply and briefly.
    • Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear.
  4. (obsolete) To exert oneself. [15th-17th c.]
  5. (transitive) To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
    • 1995, Quarterly Review of Biology vol. 70 p. 348:
      The Birdwatchers Handbook … will be a clear asset to those who ‘twitch’ in Europe.”
    • 2003, Mark Cocker, Birders: Tales of a Tribe [1], →ISBN, page 52:
      “But the key revelation from twitching that wonderful Iceland Gull on 10 March 1974 wasn’t its eroticism. It was the sheer innocence of it.”
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time [2], →ISBN, page 119:
      “I hadn’t seen John since I went to Adelaide to (unsuccessfully) twitch the ’87 Northern Shoveler, when I was a skinny, eighteen- year-old kid. “
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Usage notes

When used of birdwatchers by ignorant outsiders, this term frequently carries a negative connotation.

Derived terms
  • atwitch

Etymology 2

alternate of quitch

Noun

twitch (uncountable)

  1. couch grass (Elymus repens; a species of grass, often considered as a weed)
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