Meaning of backflip

back•flip

Pronunciation: (bak'flip"), [key]
— n., v., -flipped, -flip•ping.
—n.
  1. a backward somersault.
  2. a dive executed by somersaulting backward.
  3. a complete reversal in attitude or policy: Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs.
—v.i.
  1. to perform a backflip: She backflipped off a bucking horse.
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