In basketball, a flop is an intentional fall by a player after little or no physical contact by an opposing player in order to draw a personal foul call by an official against the opponent. The move is sometimes called acting, as in "acting as if he was fouled". Because it is inherently designed to deceive the official, flopping is generally considered to be unsportsmanlike. Nonetheless, it is widely practiced and even perfected by many professional players.

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  1. An incident of a certain type of fall; a plopping down.
  2. A complete failure, especially in the entertainment industry.
  3. The first three cards turned face-up by the dealer in a game.
  4. A place to stay, sleep or live. See flophouse
  5. A ponded package of dung, as in a cow-flop.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A unit of measure of processor speed, being one floating-point operation per second.


  1. To fall heavily, because lacking energy.
    He flopped down in front of the television as he was exhausted from work.
  2. To fail completely, not to be successful at all (about a movie, play, book, song etc.).
    The latest album flopped and so the studio canceled her contract.
  3. To pretend to be fouled in sports, such as basketball, hockey (the same as to dive in soccer)
    It starts with Chris Paul, because Blake didn't really used to flop like that, you know, last year.
    While Stern chastised Vogel for on Thursday calling the Heat "the biggest flopping team in the NBA," he did intimate that he sees merit in the sentiment.
  4. To strike about with something broad and flat, as a fish with its tail, or a bird with its wings; to rise and fall; to flap.
    The brim of a hat flops.


  1. Right, squarely, flat-out.
  2. With a flopping sound.

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