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    Quote Originally Posted by misiania View Post
    I am a woman I forgot about a flip-flop. It means change something, but also it is a type of a shoes. Hehe
    Yes, I didn't think of those two.


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    It's time to move on to another word. The new word is "out".

    check it out
    check-out counter
    leave it out
    take it out
    take-out orders
    out and about
    out of the blue
    out of nowhere
    out to lunch
    out back
    outback
    go all out
    go out
    talk something out
    move out
    have a falling out
    speak out
    outspoken
    talk out loud


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    read out loud

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    back out of something - We can't back out of this now
    back out onto the street
    out of bread
    out of rice
    Get out of here.
    try something out
    give out
    run out
    buyout
    burned out

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    Hi,

    If you don't know what it means, just ask.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    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

    Thanks to this thread I’ve found flip through. Can it be considered a synonym of look through? What is its register?

    flip on/off
    flip through

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    Quote Originally Posted by mara_ce View Post
    Thanks to this thread I’ve found flip through. Can it be considered a synonym of look through? What is its register?

    flip on/off
    flip through
    The phrase "flip through" is similar to "look through", but "flip through" definitely, or most likely, only refers to pages in a book. We can apply "look through" to other things besides books. We can flip through the pages of a book and look through the pages of a book.

    We can look through a window or a stack of photos, and we can look through a book. We can't flip through a window or a stack of photos. That would be a pretty cool trick if someone could "flip through a window".

    flip on/off - I don't usually hear or say these, but they probably refer to using a switch to turn something on and off - I would guess or say.
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    In regards to the post two above this one. I would say that the more commonly used phrase/expression would be to 'flick through' rather than 'flip through'.
    My question is about, 'flip a house'. I am from England but have honestly never heard this phrase before. Is it an American saying?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PROESL View Post
    We can flip through the pages of a book and look through the pages of a book.
    I was thinking of this meaning.

    flip on/off - I don't usually hear or say these, but they probably refer to using a switch to turn something on and off - I would guess or say. Yes, thatīs right.
    Thanks for your explanation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indonesia View Post
    In regards to the post two above this one. I would say that the more commonly used phrase/expression would be to 'flick through' rather than 'flip through'.
    My question is about, 'flip a house'. I am from England but have honestly never heard this phrase before. Is it an American saying?
    Yes, it's American. I guess it hasn't reached England yet. It means "buy a house and then sell it as soon as possible in order to make an immediate profit".

    Here's a definition from Answers.com. The definition speaks of property, but we hear and use the expression "flip a house".

    Flip: Definition from Answers.com

    Purchase and immediate resale of property (within hours or days) at a quick profit. Often has a negative connotation, attributed to shysters who profit illegally or at the expense of an innocent party. In the early 1980s, land flips provided huge gains to speculators, ultimately causing losses to savings and loan associations. These were often facilitated by exaggerated appraisals and helped give rise to Firrea.

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