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    To help develop fluency in English, it's, of course, important to learn new words. However, it's also important to know the ways in which we use words in combination with other words. From the simplest English words, it is sometimes possible to learn a number of expressions simply by knowing how a word is used. So what does it mean to really know a word? Knowing a word means understanding a number of common ways in which it is used by native speakers of English.

    Let's start with the word "flip". How do we use "flip"? Here are a few ways.

    flip a coin
    flip out
    flip an egg
    flip a burger
    flip a house
    be flip

    Post questions about these expressions. When we finish with the word "flip", we can move on to another word. If you know of other ways to use the word "flip", add them to the list.

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    I know 'flipping heck'

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    Should it be straight word 'flip'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    Should it be straight word 'flip'?
    By itself "flip" can be a verb or an adjecitve. As an adjective, it's more of a colliquial word, I think, and it's probably a derivative of the word "flippant".

    I'm not completely sure, but I think "flipping heck" is more of a British expression.

    There's also the expression "flip one's lid".

    Don't flip your lid.

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    I'll try not to flip my lid

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    Isn't the participle "flipping" commonly used in British English as an adjective? I, somehow, seem to recall that, though I can't be 100% sure.

    BrE speakers? Are you here? Are you there? From my computer, you could be "here at the forum" or "there in a distant land". I suppose that's neither here nor there.


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    flip the fish on its back
    flip one's wig

    That's all I know

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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    flip the fish on its back
    flip one's wig

    That's all I know
    I've heard "flip one's wig", but not the other one.


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    The other one I've heard only once. I could be wrong on that one.
    But I am sure about flip one's wig
    Have we exhausted 'flip'?

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    Default Re: The ways we use just one word

    I am a woman I forgot about a flip-flop. It means change something, but also it is a type of a shoes. Hehe

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