Earlier, a two-headed dragon in the Ron Howard flop Willow was known, at least around the set, as the “Ebersisk.”
The rewards of a highly profitable, knockout hit, a la Grey Goose, seem to outweigh the risks of a flop.
ABC News is doing its best to put a pleasant gloss on the fact that its Sunday morning anchor has been a 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. Related: Flopped; flopping.
1823, in the literal sense, from flop (v.). Figurative use by 1893.