flip-flop

I. v informal
To alternate the positions of; exchange the places of; switch.

The football coach had one play in which he flip-flopped his left halfback and fullback.

II. noun informal
A complete change; a switch from one thing to an entirely different one.

John wanted to be a carpenter like his father, but when he saw the print shop he did a flip-flop and now he's learning printing.

III.adj. phr. informal
Involving or using a change from one of two places, positions, or alternatives to the other.

The machine was controlled by a flip-flop switch.

The football coach hoped to surprise his opponents by using a flip-flop offense.


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