The answer is that it was not, being instead a series of dissociated gestures that flopped right into a nihilistic void.
But Mutombo is a magnet, and people continued to stop by as he flopped into a folding chair.
As vice president, Bush flopped in Iowa in 1988, but recovered and captured the presidency.
And when they have diverted from it, they have flopped miserably.
Her shoulder-length blond hair, expertly coiffed and weave-dyed every few weeks, flopped forward.
He tossed a fish into the tank, and, after a brief moment of hesitation, in flopped the seal.
One of them flopped into the river and all but capsized the canoe.
Nathalie stirred restlessly, jumbled up her pillow, and then flopped over with a sigh.
Tony and the other fellow had flopped down, and never stirred to help.
He tugged, he swam in frantic circles, he flopped and darted and sulked and rushed and leaped.
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.