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    Who is a flip-flopper? Is it a curse?

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    Default Re: flip-flopper

    A flip-flopper is someone (usually a politician) who changes his opinion on something depending on the situation he finds himself in.

    It is not a compliment.

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    Hi,
    I remember this word widely used in the US election campaign by the supportes of Bush, to taunt his rival. If I am not mistaken, he voted for the Iraq intervention in Congress, but spoke against the war during the campaign.
    (I'm experimenting with a Quick Reply.)

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    Thanks! I'm translating articles about Bush. So now I understand the meaning of the word. What do you think about its synonyms?

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    Hi OhAh,
    I'm afraid I don't know any synonyms. And I think it's unlikely anybody will find some. Let native speakers have their say.
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    Default Re: flip-flopper

    You could also say he's wishy-washy or a hypocrite.

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    I've heard "machiavellian" used to describe behaviour like this, where people change their opinions/behaviour if it's likely to get them in to, or help them to remain, in power.

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    Vacillate?

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    I've got it!

    fickle

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    I'm not sure but I think flip flopping comes from the way a seal walks balances on one side and the on the other I remember reading books about seals flip flopping

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