flip out


flip out (flip OUT) listen


  • v. When a Modern Orthodox post-high-school student becomes more religiously observant during or after a gap year at a yeshiva/seminary.

Example Sentences

  • "In high school, Yaakov used to go to parties every Friday night, but now that he flipped out, he spends them learning Gemara in the beis."

  • "Justin flipped out in Israel and is now thinking of transferring from Columbia to YU."

  • "Did you see Ben flipped out? Now he wears tzitzis out everywhere he goes."

  • "I had the opportunity to attend a gap year seminary program in Israel before college. I refused to go, thinking that Israel would make me flip out religiously." (source)

  • "I'm flipping, and my rebbe's sheppin' nachas" (from Flippin Out by Blue Fringe, qtd in (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
  • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
  • Younger: Jews in their 30s or younger


  • North America
  • Australia / New Zealand


  • None

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