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a backward somersault.
a dive executed by somersaulting backward.
Informal. a complete reversal in attitude or policy:
Some committee members did sudden backflips, urging spending cuts instead of expanded programs.
to perform a backflip:
She backflipped off a bucking horse.
Contemporary Examples

Some calculating pol, realizing that his position had become unpopular or untenable, would execute a backflip off the high board.
The New Era of Evolution Helps Pols Switch Stance on Issues from Gay Marriage to Immigration Howard Kurtz April 2, 2013

That backflip in the performance of “Whistle” was really him.
Nolan Gerard Funk Romances Lindsay Lohan in ‘The Canyons’ Kevin Fallon July 30, 2013

This is most obvious when expensive forms of trash are forced to backflip until they obviate their standard uses.
A Pictorial Ode to Michelle Stanley Crouch December 3, 2009


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