from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To fall or lie down heavily and noisily.
- intransitive v. To move about loosely or limply: The dog's ears flopped when it ran.
- intransitive v. Informal To fail utterly: The play flopped.
- intransitive v. Slang To rest idly; lounge.
- intransitive v. Slang To go to bed.
- transitive v. To drop or lay (something) down heavily and noisily: flopped the steak onto a platter.
- n. The act of flopping.
- n. The sound made when flopping.
- n. Informal An utter failure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fall heavily, because lacking energy.
- v. To fail completely, not to be successful at all (about a movie, play, book, song etc.).
- v. To pretend to be fouled in sports, such as basketball, hockey (the same as to dive in soccer)
- n. An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
- n. A complete failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
- n. The first three cards turned face-up by the dealer in a community card poker game.
- n. A place to stay, sleep or live. See flophouse
- n. A ponded package of dung, as in a cow-flop.
- adv. Right, squarely, flat-out.
- adv. With a flopping sound.
- n. A unit of measure of processor speed, being one floating-point operation per second.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To clap or strike, as a bird its wings, a fish its tail, etc.; to flap.
- transitive v. To turn suddenly, as something broad and flat.
- intransitive v. To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall.
- intransitive v. To fall, sink, or throw one's self, heavily, clumsily, and unexpectedly on the ground.
- n. Act of flopping.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To clap or strike, as the wings; flap.
- To cause to fall or hang down.
- To flap.
- To plump down suddenly; turn or come down with a flop: as, to flop on one's knees.
- To collapse; yield or break down suddenly.
- To go over suddenly to another side or party; make a sudden change of association or allegiance.
- n. The act of flopping or flapping.
- n. A fall like that of a soft outspread body upon the ground.
- n. Something that flops or is capable of flopping or striking, as a fluid, semi-liquid, or gelatinous substance, against the side of a vessel containing it.
- n. A sudden collapse or breakdown, as of resistance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a complete failure
- adv. with a flopping sound
- n. an arithmetic operation performed on floating-point numbers
- n. the act of throwing yourself down
- v. fall suddenly and abruptly
- v. fall loosely
- n. someone who is unsuccessful
- v. fail utterly; collapse
- adv. exactly
The potential for this film to be a flop is already in existence, although I sincerely hope that the film is good.
Then again, the use of the word if 'flop' is relative, I use it to label movies that performed abysmal.
The best part about this being such a notorious flop is that the crew and cast looking back can be a little more honest than they sometimes are in such cases.
March 19th, 2010 at 11: 09 am spearNmagicHelmet says: dudes are just flat out flailing in flop sweat desperation.
Really, though, has there ever been a contestant so drenched in flop sweat for so long?
IE: Doing a belly flop from the high board hurts one hell of lot more than falling face forward into the water from pool side That said Im not half bad with numbers but the abilty to prove that mathmatically is beyond me,
UPDATE: One way to disguise an imminent flip-flop is to camouflage it by changing the subject.
Webster says a flip-flop is (among other things) a sudden reversal of policy or strategy.
The flip-flop is just hard wired into the conservative brain.
His desperate last-minute flip flop is designed to mislead voters on his true feelings about the war.