flick - definition and synonyms


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present tense
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.

    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

    Linda’s eyes flicked across the map.

    She flicked a glance at the door.

phrasal verbs