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I just moved to the US and like a tv program on HGTV channel called Flip or Flop. I have no idea what this phrase means? Could somebody offer an explanation?

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In the US, there is a thriving industry which involves buying distressed properties and re-selling them for a profit before the first mortgage payment comes due - it is called "flipping houses". "Flop" means failure (in this context). So, the title means: Will the objective of "flipping" the property be successful, or not?

"Flip-flop" is an expression meaning: to change one's point of view on an issue. It is also the name of a certain gymnastic trick. The name of the program is playing with this expression.

  • And it’s also a type of sandal. All these meanings come from the basic sense of the verb flip-flop, which is a reduplication of flop, originally just a variant of flap, so it’s something that flaps about, makes a flapping noise, etc. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 8 '15 at 18:54

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