flop

flop

[flop]
verb (used without object), flopped, flopping.
1.
to fall or plump down suddenly, especially with noise; drop or turn with a sudden bump or thud (sometimes followed by down ): The puppy flopped down on the couch.
2.
to change suddenly, as from one side or party to another (often followed by over ).
3.
to be a complete failure; fail: The play flopped dismally.
4.
Informal. to sleep or be lodged: to flop at a friend's house.
5.
to swing loosely; bounce; flap: His long hair flops in his eyes when he runs.
verb (used with object), flopped, flopping.
6.
to drop with a sudden bump or thud: He flopped his books on a chair.
7.
to dispose (oneself) in a heavily negligent manner: to flop oneself in a chair.
8.
to invert (the negative of a photograph) so that the right and left sides are transposed.
noun
9.
an act of flopping.
10.
the sound of flopping; a thud.
11.
a failure: The new comedy was a flop.
12.
Informal. a place to sleep; temporary lodging: The mission offered a flop and a free breakfast.

Origin:
1595–1605; 1890–95 for def 11; variant of flap

flopper, noun


11. fiasco, disaster, debacle; bomb, dog.
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flop (flɒp)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by into, onto, etc) (often foll by out) , flops, flopping, flopped
1.  (intr) to bend, fall, or collapse loosely or carelessly: his head flopped backwards
2.  to fall, cause to fall, or move with a sudden noise: the books flopped onto the floor
3.  informal (intr) to fail; be unsuccessful: the scheme flopped
4.  (intr) to fall flat onto the surface of water, hitting it with the front of the body
5.  slang to go to sleep
 
n
6.  the act of flopping
7.  informal a complete failure
8.  slang (US), (Canadian) a place to sleep
9.  athletics See Fosbury flop
10.  poker the flop the first three community cards dealt face-up in a round of any of several varieties of poker, including Texas hold 'em
 
[C17: variant of flap]

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Word Origin & History

flop
c.1600, probably a variant of flap with a duller, heavier sound. Sense of "fall or drop heavily" is 1836, that of "collapse, fail" is 1919; though the figurative noun sense of "a failure" is recorded from 1893. The noun in the literal sense is from 1823.
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FLOP definition


1. An early system on the IBM 701.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
(1994-11-14)
2. Erroneous singular of FLOPS.
(2005-06-17)

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
flop
floating-point operation
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