Meaning of FLOP in English


I. flop 1 /flɒp $ flɑːp/ BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle flopped , present participle flopping ) [intransitive]

[ Date: 1600-1700 ; Origin: ⇨ ↑ flap 2 ]

1 . [always + adverb/preposition] to sit or lie down in a relaxed way, by letting all your weight fall heavily onto a chair etc:

He flopped down onto the bed.

I got home and flopped in front of the TV.

2 . [always + adverb/preposition] to hang or fall loosely, in an uncontrolled way:

His head flopped back pathetically.

3 . informal if something such as a product, play, or idea flops, it is not successful because people do not like it

II. flop 2 BrE AmE noun

1 . [countable] informal a film, play, product etc that is not successful OPP hit

disastrous/spectacular etc flop

The film was a complete flop.

2 . [singular] the movement or noise that something makes when it falls heavily:

He fell with a flop into the water.

⇨ ↑ belly flop

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▪ failure noun [countable] someone or something that is not successful:

The book was a complete failure.


I felt a complete failure.

▪ flop noun [countable] informal something that is not successful because people do not like it – used especially about a film, play, product, or performance:

Despite the hype, the movie was a flop at the box office.


Their next computer was a flop.

▪ disaster noun [countable] used when saying that something is extremely unsuccessful:

Our first date was a disaster.


Their marriage was a total disaster.

▪ fiasco noun [countable usually singular] something that is completely unsuccessful and goes very badly wrong – used especially about things that have been officially planned, which go very wrong:

The baggage system broke down on the first day the airport was open. It was a complete fiasco.


The fiasco came close to ending de Gaulle's political career.

▪ debacle noun [countable usually singular] formal an event or situation that is a complete failure, because it does not happen in the way that it was officially planned:

the banking debacle that has put our economy at risk

▪ shambles noun [singular] especially British English if a situation or event is a shambles, it is completely unsuccessful because it has been very badly planned or organized, and no one seems to know what to do:

The first few shows were a shambles, but things soon got better.

▪ washout noun [singular] informal a failure – used when something is so bad that it would be better if it had not happened:

The play wasn’t a complete washout; the acting was okay.


His most recent and ambitious project, a big-budget Hollywood film, was a washout with both critics and audiences alike.

▪ turkey noun [countable] informal something that is so bad and unsuccessful that you think the people involved should be embarrassed about it – a very informal use:

At the time most people thought the car was a complete turkey.


Since then he has appeared in a string of turkeys.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.