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Definition of flick verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flick
    he / she / it flicks
    past simple flicked
    -ing form flicking
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  1. 1[transitive] flick something + adv./prep. to hit something with a sudden quick movement, especially using your finger and thumb together, or your hand She flicked the dust off her collar. The horse was flicking flies away with its tail. James flicked a peanut at her. Please don't flick ash on the carpet! The point guard flicked the ball into the net.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to move or make something move with sudden quick movements + adv./prep. The snake's tongue flicked out. Her eyes flicked from face to face. flick something (+ adv./prep.) He lifted his head, flicking his hair off his face. The horse moved off, flicking its tail.
  3. 3[transitive] to smile or look at someone suddenly and quickly flick a smile/look, etc. at somebody She flicked a nervous glance at him. flick somebody a smile/look, etc. She flicked him a nervous glance.
  4. 4[transitive] to press a button or switch quickly in order to turn a machine, etc. on or off synonym flip flick something He flicked a switch and all the lights went out. flick something on/off She flicked the TV on.
  5. 5[transitive] to move something up and down with a sudden movement so that the end of it hits something flick A (with B) He flicked me with a wet towel. flick B (at A) He flicked a wet towel at me. to flick a whip
  6. Phrasal Verbsflick through something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: flick