from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The movement or sound of repeated flapping.
- n. Informal A reversal, as of a stand or position: a foreign policy flip-flop.
- n. A backless, often foam rubber sandal held to the foot at the big toe by means of a thong.
- n. A backward somersault or handspring.
- n. Electronics 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.
- intransitive v. 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).
- intransitive v. 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).
- intransitive v. To execute a backward somersault or handspring.
- transitive v. To move from one position to the reverse or opposite: The coach flip-flopped the linemen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sandal, usually of rubber, secured to the foot by two straps mounted between the big toe and its neighbour.
- n. An instance of flip-flopping, of repeatedly changing one's stated opinion about a matter.
- n. An electronic circuit (a bistable multivibrator) that has two stable states and is thereby capable of serving as one bit of memory.
- v. To alternate back and forth between directly opposite opinions, ideas, or decisions.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a decision to reverse an earlier decision
- v. reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)
- n. a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe
- n. a backward somersault
- n. an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
The term flip-flop, meaning a political reversal, has been a fixture in popular American parlance at least since the 1880s.
The latest flip-flop is the restoration of military tribunals.
I gestured toward the brood of flip-flop wearing Samoans who were loading the washer with the efficiency of a surgical strike team.
Burns - and other GOP candidates - should be running commercials on the Owens flip-flop and all the other ugly shenanigans that took place to pass Obamacare.
Reports are now surfacing that the reason for President Obama's flip-flop on his decision to participate in the presentation to the IOC when he said a week earlier he had to deal with the priorities of the American people and health reform was because he was told Chicago had close to enough votes to win.
How about that Republican flip-flop, wherein they now OPPOSE what they consistently harped on in 2008?
Sorry fake doctor but you are wrong about the flip-flop
This is an issue flip-flop from his campaign rhetoric.
UPDATE: One way to disguise an imminent flip-flop is to camouflage it by changing the subject.
On cap and trade a number of Republican have done a flip-flop and bottled it up with politics rather than policy.
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