flick


flick
[[t]flɪ̱k[/t]]
flicks, flicking, flicked
1) V-ERG If something flicks in a particular direction, or if someone flicks it, it moves with a short, sudden movement.

[V prep/adv] His tongue flicked across his lips...

[V prep/adv] The man's gun flicked up from beside his thigh...

[V prep/adv] His glance flicked round my face and came to rest on my eyes...

[V n prep/adv] He flicked his cigarette out of the window. [Also V, V n]

N-COUNT: oft a N of n
Flick is also a noun.

...a flick of a paintbrush.

2) VERB If you flick something away, or off something else, you remove it with a quick movement of your hand or finger.

[V n from/off n] Shirley flicked a speck of fluff from the sleeve of her black suit...

[V n away] Alan stretched out his hand and flicked the letter away.

3) VERB If you flick something such as a whip or a towel, or flick something with it, you hold one end of it and move your hand quickly up and then forward, so that the other end moves.

[V n] He helped her up before flicking the reins...

[V n prep] She sighed and flicked a dishcloth at the counter...

[V n with n] The jockey said he tended to flick horses with the whip.

N-COUNT
Flick is also a noun.

...a flick of the whip.

4) VERB If you flick a switch, or flick an electrical appliance on or off, you press the switch sharply so that it moves into a different position and works the equipment.

[V n] He flicked a light-switch on the wall beside the door...

[V n with on/off] Sam was flicking a flashlight on and off...

[V n with on/off] Pearle flicked off the TV.

5) VERB If you flick through a book or magazine, you turn its pages quickly, for example to get a general idea of its contents or to look for a particular item. If you flick through television channels, you continually change channels very quickly, for example using a remote control.

[V through n] She was flicking through some magazines on a table...

[V through n] I'll just flick through the pages until I find the right section...

[V through n] He switched on the television, flicking through the channels in a search for something to hold his interest.

N-SING: a N
Flick is also a noun.

I thought I'd have a quick flick through some recent issues.


English dictionary. 2008.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Flick — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Friedrich Flick (1883–1972), deutscher Unternehmer Friedrich Karl Flick (1927–2006), deutsch österreichischer Unternehmer Friedrich Christian Flick (Mick Flick; * 1944), deutscher Jurist, Unternehmer und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Flick — may refer to:;Persons and characters* Flick family, an industrial family from Germany * Hans Dieter Flick, German football coach * Flick Shagwell, a porn actress * Tracy Flick, a character from the 1999 film Election * Herr Otto Flick, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Flick — (fl[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Flicked} (fl[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Flicking}.] [Cf. Flicker.] 1. To whip lightly or with a quick jerk; to flap; as, to flick a horse; to flick the dirt from boots. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 2. To throw, snap, or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flick — Flick, n. [See {Flick}, v. t.] 1. A light quick stroke or blow, esp. with something pliant; a flirt; also, the sound made by such a blow. She actually took the whip out of his hand and gave a flick to the pony. Mrs. Humphry Ward. [Webster 1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flick — flick·ery; flick; flick·er; flick·er·ing·ly; un·flick·er·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • Flick — Flick, n. A flitch; as, a flick of bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flick — ► NOUN 1) a sudden sharp movement up and down or from side to side. 2) the sudden release of a finger or thumb held bent against another finger. 3) informal a cinema film. 4) informal (the flicks) the cinema. ► VERB 1) make or cause to make a …   English terms dictionary

  • flick — flick1 [flik] n. [echoic, but infl. by FLICKER1] 1. a light, quick stroke, as with a whip; sudden, jerky movement; snap 2. a light, snapping sound, as of the flick of a whip 3. a fleck; splotch; streak vt. 1. to strike, propel, remove, etc. with… …   English World dictionary

  • Flick — f English: pet form based on the given name FELICITY (SEE Felicity) …   First names dictionary

  • flick — (n.) mid 15c., probably imitative of a light blow with a whip. Earliest recorded use is in phrase not worth a flykke useless. As slang for film, it is first attested 1926, a back formation from flicker, from their flickering appearance. The verb… …   Etymology dictionary

  • flick — [v] light touch dab, flicker, flip, hit, pat, snap, tap, tip, touch lightly; concept 612 …   New thesaurus