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- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see flip, bird.
- (colloquial, idiomatic) (flip someone the bird) To make a rude or obscene gesture (at somebody); particularly, to extend the middle finger.
- I accidentally bumped into him, and he flipped me the bird.
- 2005, Vince Flynn, Consent to Kill, page 135:
- He held his right hand up in front of his face and flipped the bird.
- 2007, R. D. Reynolds, The Wrestlecrap Book of Lists!, page 350:
- The vaunted Attitude era was built, in many ways, on a level of crudity never before seen in wrestling. You had guys flipping the bird, women nearly naked in the ring and guys telling each other to “suck it.”
- 2008, Vanessa Grigoriadis, Everybody Sucks, American Society of Magazine Editors (compilers), The Best American Magazine Writing 2008, page 9,
- This summer, she took some time off in Maine, and before she went posted a picture of herself on Gawker in a bathing suit flipping the bird — "At least I didn't put up the ones of myself in a silver-lame bikini. That would have been a little much," she said, laughing.
In the idiomatic sense, often used with an indirect object in the form flip [someone] the bird.
to make a rude or obscene gesture, particularly with the middle finger