flip-flop flip-flop

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a decision to reverse an earlier decision
  2. (n) a backless sandal held to the foot by a thong between the big toe and the second toe
  3. (n) an electronic circuit that can assume either of two stable states
  4. (n) a backward somersault
  5. (v) reverse (a direction, attitude, or course of action)

Usage(s):

  1. You flip-flop for political advantage.
  2. But when people believe you are telling the truth if you agree with them and lying if you disagree, you don't need to flip-flop.
  3. One reason the flip-flop charge has stuck is that Kerry, with his meandering, caveat-filled speaking style, often seems like a guy trying to avoid a straight answer.

News

  1. Letter: Nelson didn't flip-flop on phone monitoring

    Shame on FLORIDA TODAY for giving Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Orlando, a “thumbs down” Wednesday for his statements regarding the NSA leaker. You made it seem as though Sen. Nelson had flip-flopped. The reverse is true. He was for cell-phone monitoring then as now, but with protections.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: The Bay Bulletin

  2. Bill Nemitz: First the budget vote, then the other shoe drops

    Attention, all Augusta watchers: With climactic votes looming this week on Maine’s proposed $6.3 billion biennial budget, I hereby declare a Flip-Flop Alert.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Portland Press Herald

  3. Flip-flop fans: facts about your favorite hot weather footwear

    (BPT) - It's easy to understand why we all love flip-flops: They're cute and comfy, keep your feet cool in warm weather, and are great for showing off that fab pedicure you just got. But no matter how
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Greater Houston Weekly

Quotes

  1. "That's a place I'd like to see," Wood said. "I'm not sure how they set up the interleague schedules, but maybe they could flip-flop so we got to go there. It'd be huge, us and the Red Sox."
    on Jul 14, 2008 By: Kerry Wood Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "This week's flip-flop on offshore oil drilling by President Bush and Senator John McCain is nothing more than a cynical campaign ploy that will do nothing to lower energy prices, and represents another big giveaway to oil companies already making...
    on Jun 18, 2008 By: Harry Reid Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We have seen a consistent flip-flop in the reaction of the government in Islamabad," Pranab Mukherjee told the same meeting in Chennai.
    on Jan 8, 2009 By: Pranab Mukherjee Source: Khaleej Times

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