Quick answer
"Flop" is an intransitive verb which is often translated as "desplomarse", and "flip" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "voltear". Learn more about the difference between "flop" and "flip" below.
flop(
flap
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to fall loosely)
a. desplomarse
On hearing the news, Chloe flopped into the couch in tears.Al enterarse de la noticia, Chloe se desplomó en el sofá llorando.
b. dejarse caer
Matt was so tired when he came home that he flopped down onto the bed and didn't get up for eight hours.Matt estaba tan cansado cuando llegó a casa que se dejó caer en la cama y no se levantó durante ocho horas.
2. (to flail)
a. dar coletazos (fish)
A stranded whale flopped around on the beach until it was finally freed.Una ballena encallada en la playa estuvo dando coletazos hasta que finalmente la liberaron.
3.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to fail)
a. fracasar
Diana was devastated when the album she spent all year working on flopped.Diana quedó desconsolada cuando el álbum en el que había trabajado todo el año fracasó.
b. ser un fracaso
The film flopped badly at the box office, but it is a good movie anyway.El film fue un verdadero fracaso de taquilla, pero es una buena película de todos modos.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(failure)
a. el fracaso
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Sadly, his last book has been a flop.Por desgracia, su último libro fue un fracaso.
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flip(
flihp
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to turn over)
a. voltear
You need to flip your mattress several times a year so it stays firm.Debes voltear tu colchón varias veces al año para que se mantenga firme.
2. (to throw in the air)
a. lanzar (a coin)
Let's flip a coin to decide who gets to play first.Lancemos una moneda al aire para decidir quién juega primero.
b. aventar
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
She flipped me the keys from the balcony, but I couldn't catch them.Ella me aventó las llaves desde el balcón pero no las pude agarrar.
3. (to move)
a. mover
Flip the light switch to the off position before cleaning the lamp.Mueve el interruptor de la lámpara a la posición de apagado antes de limpiarla.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to lose control)
a. perder la chaveta
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
He flipped and started to yell when they told him what had happened.Perdió la chaveta y se puso a gritar cuando le dijeron lo que había pasado.
b. volverse majara
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
The students started to flip when the teacher announced that the exam was that day.Los estudiantes comenzaron a volverse majara cuando la maestra dijo que el examen era ese día.
5. (to turn over)
a. volcar
The car collided with the wall and flipped on its roof.El auto chocó contra el muro y volcó.
b. dar vuelta
The truck flipped on its side on the road just missing a car.El camión se dio vuelta y quedó de costado en la carretera y por poco aplasta un auto.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
6. (gymnastics)
a. la voltereta
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The gymnast did two flips at the end of her routine.La gimnasta dio dos volteretas al final de su presentación.
7. (blow)
a. el capirotazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
My brother gave me a flip on the forehead for having teased him.Mi hermano me dio un capirotazo en la frente por habérmelo bromeado.
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