Here is a made-up sentence from a racing game:

In order to earn speed boosts, you should catch air and pull off sick wheelies and flips.

I am not sure about the meaning of the phrase "pull off sick wheelies and flips."

I know the meaning of the word wheelie, but cannot figure out the sense of the word sick. Also, I am not sure if the word flip conveys an act in air or on land.

  • Did "catch air" make sense though? ;) "Do interesting tricks." – shawnt00 Aug 12 '19 at 18:41
  • Are you by any chance playing Uniracers (Unirally) for the Super Nintendo? – waldrumpus Aug 13 '19 at 8:10

pull off sick wheelies and flips.

To pull off something is a phrasal verb. ("Pull off" is used together.) Here it means:

to succeed in doing something difficult or unexpected.

--- Cambridge Dictionary

The word sick is slang used by young people:

(slang) very good, excellent:

snowboarders doing sick tricks

--- Cambridge Dictionary

As user @JamesK notes, it may be considered dated. (Teenage slang moves pretty fast.)

A wheelie or wheelstand is a trick where the front wheel of a bicycle or a motorcycle comes off the ground:


--- Photo: AngMoKio, Wikipedia

And finally, a flip is another kind of trick, where either the person, or their equipment, flips over.

This can be on a motorcycle, a bike, or a skateboard, for example:

Photo showing skateboard flip

-- Photo by Kirk Morales, Wikimedia Commons

For more reading on skateboarding flips, try the articles Kickflip and Flip tricks on Wikipedia. For bicycle (BMX) tricks, try Freestyle BMX on Wikipedia.

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    Yes, groovy and rad have supplanted sick. – AbraCadaver Aug 12 '19 at 19:11
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    Or the reverse. – WGroleau Aug 12 '19 at 21:12
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    "very good but patently unsafe at an insufficient level of practice" :) – rackandboneman Aug 13 '19 at 1:56
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    I don't think you'll find many under the age of 30 who use the slang "sick" anymore. – Alexander Aug 13 '19 at 14:38
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    @AbraCadaver lmao! Actually tho, I'm thinking lit, hype, and fire are then Gen Z equivalents. – wjandrea Aug 13 '19 at 15:39

It is casual teen slang.

"Sick" means "very good" (wikitionary sense 6)

"Flip" is some kind of trick in which you rotate in the air.

Using "sick" in this way is, perhaps, already a little dated.

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    You mean "sick" isn't sick any more? – David Richerby Aug 12 '19 at 17:10
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    @DavidRicherby They got sick and tired of it. – Barmar Aug 12 '19 at 18:51
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    Slang changes at a sickening pace. – dwizum Aug 12 '19 at 20:41

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