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To turn something on, typically a switch. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flip" and "on." As soon as I flipped on the light, I could see that the house had been robbed.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
To activate by switch; switch on: We flipped the lights on the moment the raccoon emerged from the bushes. I flipped on the radio to hear the news.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.