Green’s Dictionary of Slang

flip v.4

[abbr. flip one’s wig under wig n.2 ; and ext. uses]

1. (US drugs) to become unconscious through an overdose of a drug.

[US]Down Beat 17 Nov. n.p.: One of the five top tenor sax stars has flipped.
[US]Anslinger & Tompkins Traffic In Narcotics 308: flip. To become unconscious from an overdose of drugs.

2. (orig. US, also flit, pliff) to lose control, to get over-excited or very worried; often ext. in phr. flip one’s cork/frijoles/noodle/raspberry/stack.

[US]J. Blake letter 30 Dec. in Joint (1972) 29: If I made a Thing of it and let it drag me, I really would flip.
[US](con. 1920s) G. Fowler Schnozzola 61: I’m so scared one of them fellows some of these nights is goin’ to get liquor in him, or flit or somethin’, and he’ll shoot this fellow Harris between his eyes.
[US]‘Blackie’ Audett Rap Sheet 192: He was gone. Flipped-off. Plumb stir-looney.
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 25: I figured she was the type to flip good if she flipped.
[UK]C. MacInnes Absolute Beginners 210: I said he’s pliffed, boy!
[US]L. Hansberry Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window in Three Negro Plays (1969) I ii: If that babe doesn’t hurry up and get herself back here – like I could flip.
[US]D. Pendleton Executioner (1973) 152: Maybe they’ve flipped. Combat fatigue.
[US]Cab Calloway Of Minnie the Moocher and Me 70: Betty and I nearly flipped.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 291: Good God, it was obvious [...] The woman had flipped.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 37: Only Big H flipped his switch.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard, Legend (1998) 73: Your mother used to eat flies and Nan didn’t flip.
[US]J. Lethem Fortress of Solitude 431: Dose flipped, a year’s accumulated fear brimming in him.
[Aus]J.J. DeCeglie Drawing Dead [ebook] You’ve fucking flipped kid. Unhinged.
[UK]Guardian G2 3 July 13/1: The backstory about Ilya ‘flipping’ because Holmes had kissed somebody else [...] is missing.

3. to excite (sexually).

[US]Mad mag. June 46: Flipped me – hipped me with some weirdo dreams.
[US]Southern & Hoffenberg Candy (1970) 153: Flipped him completely, you dig?
[UK]M. Novotny Kings Road 89: Take a look at the local bird life [...] No wonder they’ve flipped over us!
R. Charles Brother Ray 166: I’ve had an Olds, a Mercedes, and a Volkswagen—all at different times. But nothing has flipped me like that 1960 Cadillac.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Airtight Willie and Me 198: She was [...] flipping car tricks at sunset and La Brea.

4. to be sexually excited.

[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 58: Who makes ya flip?
[US]R.D. Pharr Giveadamn Brown (1997) 88: ‘She’s raving [...] She flipped over Harry Brown’.

5. to become drunk.

[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 74: Thanks for the party, Claw. We really flipped that night.

6. (US black) to start an argument, to fight, esp. with an intimate.

[US]De La Soul ‘Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa’ 🎵 You shouldn’t flip on him ’cause Dill’s really cool.
[US]L. Stavsky et al. A2Z 36/1: They was about to flip when the police drove by.
[US]Ebonics Primer at 🌐 flip Definition: [...] 2. to start beef with someone, usually a friend or someone you know. [...] Example 2: I tol that nigga if he don’t got my dough I’ma gonna flip on his ass.

7. see flip out v. (5)

In phrases

flip for (v.)

(orig. US) to become fascinated, obsessed by.

[US]Hepster’s Dict. 4: Flip – To react enthusiastically.
[US]A. Zugsmith Beat Generation 120: Jester used to knock himself out, trying to score with the Pad chicks who didn’t flip for him.
[US]L. Hansberry Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window in Three Negro Plays (1969) I i: Remember – he really flipped for my Liat!
[US]Maledicta III:2 232: He also may or may not know the following words and expressions: [...] flip over (while flip = fall for and flip-flop = exchange roles and flop = go soft or fail).
[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 94: Anyway, I just flipped for it.
[UK]K. Sampson Awaydays 56: She met Dad at The Grafton and, an unlikely combination of mildness and madness, they just flipped for each other.
flip off at the jibs (v.)

see under jib n.1

flip one’s cork (v.)

(US) to lose one’s temper; to go mad.

[US]‘Curt Cannon’ ‘Die Hard’ in I Like ’Em Tough (1958) 24: You’ve flipped your cork, Cannon.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 128: He flipped his cork. He forced me to split.
flip one’s lid (v.)

see under lid n.

flip someone’s switch (v.)

to excite sexually.

[US]J. Ellroy Silent Terror 112: ‘Maybe your switch gets flipped by boys now’.
flip one’s top (v.)

(US black) to go crazy, to lose one’s temper; thus fliptop adj., crazy; as n., a crazy person.

Battle Creek Inquirer (MI) 31 July 1/5: ‘Art, Art has flipped his top, / The saucer he saw was under a coffee cup’.
[US]M. Braly Shake Him Till He Rattles (1964) 98: I could never push that bunch of fliptops and professional misfits into a working group. [Ibid.] 107: In a word, man, he is insane. A fliptop cop.
[US] ‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 286: You’re flipping your top.
[US]Tech N9ne ‘S.H.E.’ 🎵 But I flipped my top, when she set that butter skin on my lap.
posting at 🌐 My water bill was horrendous this month and DH flipped his top but its not my fault the weather didn’t cooperate.
flip one’s wig (v.)

see under wig n.2

flip out

see separate entries.