flick1 [flık] v
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: From the sound of a light blow]
1.) [T usually + adverb/preposition]
to make something move away by hitting or pushing it suddenly or quickly, especially with your thumb and finger
Papa flicked the ash from his cigar.
2.) [I,T always + adverb/preposition]
to move with a sudden quick movement, or to make something move in this way
flick from/up/down
The cow's tail flicked from side to side.
flick sth up/down etc
Jackie flicked her long hair back.
3.) [T]
to move a switch so that a machine or piece of electrical equipment starts or stops
= ↑flip
I felt inside the doorway and flicked the light switch .
flick sth on/off
Sandra flicked the TV on.
4.) flick a glance/look at sb/sth
BrE to look very quickly at someone or something
Leith flicked a glance at her watch.
5.) [T]
if you flick something such as a ↑towel or rope, you move it so that the end moves quickly away from you
The old man flicked his whip and the horses moved off.
flick through [flick through sth] phr v
to look at a book, magazine, set of photographs etc quickly
Will flicked through Carla's photo album.
flick 2
flick2 n
[Sense: 1-2, 5; Date: 1400-1500; Origin: FLICK1]
[Sense: 3-4; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: FLICKER1; because of the appearance of early movies.]
a short quick sudden movement or hit with a part of your body, whip etc
With a flick of the wrist , Frye sent the ball into the opposite court.
2.) flick of a switch
used to emphasize how easy it is to start a machine and use it
I can shut off all the power in the building at the flick of a switch .
3.) [C usually singular] especially AmE a film
an action flick
4.) the flicks
BrE old-fashioned the cinema
5.) have a flick through sth
BrE to look at a book, magazine, set of pictures etc very quickly
I had a quick flick through your report.

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