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verb flick pronunciation in American English /flɪk/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyflick
he/she/itflicks
present participleflicking
past tenseflicked
past participleflicked
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make something move quickly and suddenly, especially with a quick movement of the hand

    He flicked a speck of cigarette ash off his sleeve.

    flick something over/across/at/into/back/down etc.:

    She flicked back her long dark hair.

    Martin flicked the ball at the goalpost.

    flick something open:

    He flicked open the file in front of him.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to move quickly and suddenly
      flick over/across etc.:

      A branch flicked across her face.

      The figures on the clock flicked to 5:36.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to move a switch in order to turn something such as a light or machine on or off
    flick something on/off:

    He flicked on the car radio.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to look at someone or something quickly

    She flicked a glance at the door.

    Linda's eyes flicked across the map.

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