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backflip

[bak-flip] /ˈbækˌflɪp/
noun
1.
a backward somersault.
2.
a dive executed by somersaulting backward.
3.
Informal. a complete reversal in attitude or policy:
Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs.
verb (used without object), backflipped, backflipping.
4.
to perform a backflip:
She backflipped off a bucking horse.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; back2 + flip1
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  • Unless you do a double-reverse backflip to come up with an exception, it's perfectly clear from context which one is meant.

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