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Flop

verb; zero derivation new meaning
To fall on purpose with little or no physical contact with players on the opposite team. When a player flops, he exaggerates the movement and fall on the floor in a dramatic way, e.g. keeps rolling on the court in soccer. This ungainly motion aligns with the original meaning of flop, to fall or swing loosely. Flop also means “(of a performer or show) to fail badly”, which is the case for players who try to flop but get caught because of their bad acting skill.
 
“Chris Paul is just a crying baby. They should charge him for all those flopping.”
Etymology : Flop, c. 1600, "to flap," probably a variant of flap with a duller, heavier sound.
Source : Conversation with friend, late 2014
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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