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flip-flop

1. To completely change one's opinion or stance. Primarily heard in US. The voters were tired of hearing the candidate flip-flop and felt they could not trust him to stick with one position. I used to hold a staunch view about the case, but then I flip-flopped after hearing the other side's testimony.
2. noun A complete change in opinion or stance. There have been several flip-flops among the candidates during the campaign, with some changing their stance more than once!
3. noun A thong sandal. Often used in the plural to refer to the pair. Don't forget your flip-flops when we go to the beach, or you'll have to walk on the hot sand barefoot!

flip-flop

1. n. a reversal. The president denied making a flip-flop. He said he simply forgot his earlier position.
2. n. the return trip of a long journey. (see also flip side.) Didn’t we chat on the flip-flop last week?
3. in. to change direction or intensity. Jed flip-flopped twice in the evening, leaving us where we started.
4. in. to waver in one’s decisions. Well, you just flip-flop all you want. I know what I want.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt was a flip-flopper, too: Elected on a platform of balancing the budget, he substantially increased spending with his New Deal.
While Romney's camp dismissedObama's taunt as a gimmick, the image of Romney as a flip-flopper, one that his fellow conservatives have hit him with in the past, might yet gain traction with undecided voters.
Politically, the president will have to go back to portraying Romney as a flip-flopper instead of an ideologue.
On issues other than healthcare and taxes, Romney has a record of being either a liberal-left Republican or--at best--an opportunistic flip-flopper.
The supreme leader has become the supreme flip-flopper.
Front-runner Mitt Romney cemented his reputation as a flip-flopper largely due to his cynical positioning as a "pro-family" candidate during the 2008 Republican presidential primaries, trumpeting his opposition to gay marriage during his years as Massachusetts governor to win over evangelicals wary of his Mormonism.
In a much odder recreational choice, Kerry went windsurfing off the coast of Nantucket, giving the Bush campaign a great visual for one of its most effective attack ads, which dubbed Kerry a flip-flopper.
But the perception that he was a soulless flip-flopper dogged Romney through 2007 and into 2008.
This is the consistent Democratic strategy even though being a flip-flopper or Republican-lite sabotages their candidates.
But the one thing that would definitely unite them is that they share the butt of an insult from political flip-flopper Eoghan Harris.
If that strikes some in his Ontario riding of Halton as odd, it is: Turner was elected promising that "the people of Halton deserve better than an arrogant flip-flopper for their Member of Parliament," and he was blistering in his criticism of Liberal David Emerson, who crossed the floor last February to join the Conservative cabinet.
So Helms started running Iv ads attacking Hunt a full 18 months ahead of Election Day, taunting him as a liberal flip-flopper with the tagline, "Where Do You Stand, Jim?
Having opted for the life of a foppish, flippant, flip-flopper, I find that I have become somewhat ragged around the edges.
Kaine, however, has attracted criticism for being a flip-flopper, because while he opposes the death penalty and abortion as a matter of faith, he states he'll uphold Virginia's laws permitting them.
It is the height of hypocrisy for Bush to attack Kerry as a flip-flopper when Bush has broken so many promises and contradicted himself so many times.