from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The reverse side, as of a phonograph record.
  • noun The opposite side.

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  • noun music, dated, 1930, 1980 The B-side of a phonograph record that carried a less popular recording.
  • noun The converse; opposite, usually negative, inherent aspects or consequences of something.

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  • noun a different aspect of something (especially the opposite aspect)


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  • WORD:flip side

    EXAMPLE, from Sidney Offit's foreword to the Vonnegut short story collection <i>Look at the Birdie</i>:

    ' The Vonnegut acrobatics are off to a fast start in this circus of good and evil, fantasy and reality, tears and laughter. The first story, "Confido," is about a magical device that provides instant conversation, advice, and therapy to the lonely. But---and here comes the flip side---Confido, the ingenious mind reader, eagerly reveals to its listeners their worse dissatisfactions, leading to painful discomfort with life. This story suggests not only the risks of psychiatry, where the patient may learn too much about himself, but also the drastic spiritual consequences of biting the knowledge-bearing apple. '

    --- 2009. KURT VONNEGUT. <i>Look at the Birdie</i>. (Previously unpublished short fiction, posthumously collected, with a foreword by Sidney Offit). ISBN 978-0-385-34371-8. "Foreword." (Page viii).

    May 10, 2014