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the flip side (of something)
1. The opposite aspect, possibility, or result associated with something. Of course, the flip side of integrating technology into so many aspects of our lives is that we run the risk of exposing our private information to cyber criminals. I'll have to work really long hours and be away from my family for long stretches of time, but, on the flip side, I'll get the opportunity to travel around the world.
2. The side of a record that is not currently playing. What's the flip side of that song you have on?
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
1. Lit. the "other" side of a phonograph record. On the flip side, we have another version of "Love Me Tender" sung by Sandy Softly. You really should listen to the flip side sometime.
2. Fig. another aspect of a situation. On the flip side, if we lower the taxes it may stimulate consumer spending.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
the flip side of something
The flip side of something is its opposite, usually negative, effect. Perhaps the flip side of maintaining that privacy is that you don't show yourself the way you really are.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
1. n. the “other” side of a phonograph record. On the flip side, we have another version of “Love Me Tender” sung by Beverly Mills.
2. n. the “other” side of something, such as an argument. I want to hear the flip side of this before I make a judgment.
3. n. the return trip of a long journey. (Citizens band radio.) See ya. Catch you on the flip side, maybe.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
The other side of a 45 or 78 rpm vinyl record. The phrase was popularized by radio disc jockeys in the context of “. . . and that was Chuck Berry singing his latest hit, Roll Over Beethoven—and now let's hear the flip side, Drifting Heart.” When a song became a hit, its side of the record became the “A side” and the flip side was then referred to as the “B side.” Then CDs made As and Bs passe´.
Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price