flip out

flip out
vb
to lose control, either through delight, anger, etc., under the influence of an illicit drug, or during the course of a nerv-ous breakdown. Both words spread from American English to world English in the 1960s and derive from the earlier 'flip one's wig' or 'flip one's lid', in use in the late 1940s and 1950s among hipsters, jazz enthusiasts and beatniks. To flip out was used to describe temporary insanity caused by LSD in the early days of the hippy era. The term is now old-fashioned (although surviving in French, particu-larly in the form flippe).
► 'He was worried about his mother, though. The old lady was flipping out.' (Requiem for a Dream, Hubert Selby Jr., 1979)

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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