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flip-flop Explained

flip-flop at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

"thong sandal," 1960s, imitative of the sound of walking in them (flip-flap had been used in various echoic senses since 1529); sense of "complete reversal of direction" dates from 1900. ///

flip-flop at Hungarian => English Of Explained:


flip-flop at Hungarian => English Of Explained:


flip-flop at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
(AmE also thong) a type of SANDAL (= open shoe) that has a strap that goes between the big toe and the toe next to it:
a pair of flip-flops
verb (-pp-) [V] ~ (on sth) (informal, especially AmE) to change your opinion about sth, especially when you then hold the opposite opinion:
The vice-president was accused of flip-flopping on several major issues.

flip-flop at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a decision to reverse an earlier decision [syn: {reversal},
{change of mind}, {turnabout}, {turnaround}]
2: a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the
big toe and the second toe
3: an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable
4: a backward somersault
v : reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action) [syn: {interchange},
{tack}, {switch}, {alternate}, {flip}]
[also: {flip-flopping}, {flip-flopped}]

flip-flop at English (WD) Of Explained:

Category: File - :Flip flops - just pick one up.jpg|thumb|right|200px|A variety of colorful flip-flops.

Alternative forms

* flipflop


Onomatopoetic: most probably an imitation of the sound produced when walking in them.


* Inter: enPR » flĭp'flŏp", Inter: IPA » /ˈflɪpˌflɒp/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /"flIp%flQp/


Inter: en-nou » n
  • A sandal, usually of rubber, secured to the foot by two straps mounted between the big toe and its neighbour.
    1. An instance of flip-flopping, of repeatedly changing one's stated opinion about a matter.
    2. Inter: computing » electronics An electronic circuit (a bistable multivibrator) that has two stable states and is thereby capable of serving as one bit of memory.


      * Inter: sense » footwear thong, jandal (New Zealand)


      Inter: trans-top » footwear

  • Arabic:
  • : Egyptian Arabic: Inter: tø » arz|شبشب|m|tr=shibshib|alt=شِبْشِب|sc=Arab
  • Inter: trreq » Bulgarian
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|tong|m (Europe), Inter: t+ » fr|clic-clac|m or Inter: t+ » fr|gougoune|f Inter: qualifier » Canada, Inter: t+ » fr|tapette|f Inter: qualifier » West Africa
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ჩუსტი|tr=chusti|sc=Geor
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|papucs, Inter: t+ » hu|strandpapucs, Inter: t- » hu|pacsker (slang), Inter: t- » hu|vietnami papucs
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|sandali|m
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|infradito
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|ビーチサンダル|tr=bīchi sandaru|sc=Jpan

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Inter: trreq » Korean
    • Polish: Inter: t- » pl|japonki|p
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|chinelo|m, Inter: t- » pt|chinelo de dedo|m, Inter: t- » pt|sandalhas|f
    • Inter: trreq » Romanian
    • Russian: Inter: t- » ru|вьетнамки|f|p|tr=v’jetnámki, Inter: t+ » ru|шлёпанцы|m|p|tr=šl'ópancy
    • Shona: patapata
    • Spanish: calipso {{m}} Inter: qualifier » Dominican Republic, chola {{f}} Inter: qualifier » Spain's Canary Islands|Venezuela, hawaiana {{f}} Inter: qualifier » Chile|Peru, ojota {{f}} Inter: qualifier » Argentina, sayonara {{f}} Inter: qualifier » Peru, slap {{m}} Inter: qualifier » Peru, yina {{f}} Inter: qualifier » El Salvador|Guatemala, Inter: t- » es|bamba, Inter: t+ » es|chancla|f
    • Inter: trreq » Turkish

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » repeatedly changing one’s stated opinion
    • Japanese: Inter: t+ » ja|ぶれる|tr=bureru|sc=Jpan, Inter: t- » ja|ふらふらさせる|tr=furafura saseru|sc=Jpan

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » bistable electronic circuit
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kiikku, Inter: t- » fi|vippa

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Inter: ttbc » sv: flip-flops

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

    * sandal


    Inter: en-verb » head=flip-flop|flip-flops|flip-flopping|flip-flopped
  • To alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinions, ideas, or decisions.

  • Category: Category:English reduplications -
    Category: Category:en:Footwear -
    Translation: ca » flip-flop
    Translation: et » flip-flop
    Translation: el » flip-flop
    Translation: fr » flip-flop
    Translation: ko » flip-flop
    Translation: io » flip-flop
    Translation: it » flip-flop
    Translation: kn » flip-flop
    Translation: hu » flip-flop
    Translation: ml » flip-flop
    Translation: nl » flip-flop
    Translation: ja » flip-flop
    Translation: pl » flip-flop
    Translation: sv » flip-flop
    Translation: ta » flip-flop
    Translation: vi » flip-flop
    Translation: zh » flip-flop