Definition of flick in English:

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Pronunciation: /flik/


1A sudden sharp movement: the flick of a switch a flick of the wrist
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  • The cop showed him the quarter in his left hand and then with a couple of quick flicks of the wrist, the quarter disappeared.
  • The paperboy rode by on a bike, flinging his papers with a quick flick of his wrist and amazing accuracy.
  • He bent down next to the safe bolted to the floor and - with a few quick flicks of his wrist on the combination knob - he opened it.
jerk, snap, flip, whisk
1.1The sudden release of a bent finger or thumb, especially to propel a small object: he sent his cigarette spinning away with a flick of his fingers
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  • Hamma sat beside me staring intently forward and indicating the direction that we should take with a flick of his finger.
  • He picked an unlighted torch off the wall and with a simple flick of his finger, ignited it.
  • Upon seeing the empty bag Jamie said ‘It's in your pocket’ but of course it wasn't and with a flick of a finger, the egg was back in the bag.
1.2A light, sharp, quickly retracted blow, especially with a whip.
Example sentences
  • A few flicks of the brain whip might be enough to get the brown shirts back in line, but you never know.
  • The flick of a whip started the carriage rolling and bumping over the rough street.
  • A single flick of his whip brought out their legs from beneath them and a stronger strike killed over seven of them without being attacked effectively once.
2 informal A motion picture: a Hollywood action flick
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  • With only a few different takes, this is still a classic film noir private eye flick.
  • The society will screen alternative and classic films every fortnight at the Star Court Theatre including classic French, B grade horror, Hong Kong action and film noir flicks.
  • I went through all the requisite phases - making gross-out gore films, gothic cemetery-based flicks and even dabbled in animation.
2.1 (the flicks) chiefly British The movies: fancy a night at the flicks?
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  • Stuart Fermor settles on the swings for a night at the flicks.
  • It could be popcorn and chocolates or something a bit stronger on your average night out at the flicks.
  • She catches up with her friends, she shops, she goes to the flicks, she misses her family (her mum phones three times during our chat).


[with object]
1Propel (something) with a sudden sharp movement, especially of the fingers: Emily flicked some ash off her sleeve
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  • Shaking fingers flicked ashes off the end of a cigarette that had yet to touch his lips.
  • Players use their fingers to flick their players and the miniature ball simultaneously to move around the pitch.
  • She dipped her fingers in the glass flicking the liquid on Sally's face.
click, snap, flip, jerk
1.1 (flick something on/off) Turn something electrical on or off by means of a switch: he flicked on the air conditioning
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  • A torch was flicked on and Tam winced in the light, screwing up his eyes.
  • I went into the kitchen and flicked on the light switch, squinting as my eyes adjusted to the light.
  • When the projector was flicked on, the result was sublime: the cone shot out as far as anyone could see, and its vanishing point was invisible.
1.2 [no object] Make a sudden sharp movement: the finch’s tail flicks up and down
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  • For non-horse people this is a long, thin whip with a tassel on the end which is meant to be flicked at the horse just behind the leg.
  • Now they had grouped together against the steep slopes of a lava ridge, tails flicking, necks craning, heads turning.
  • It would be fine, except that her pony tail keeps flicking in my face, and there's nowhere else for me to move.
swish, twitch, wave, wag, waggle, shake
1.3 [with object] Move (a whip) so as to strike.

Phrasal verbs

flick through

another way of saying flip through (see flip1).


Late Middle English: symbolic, fl- frequently beginning words denoting sudden movement.

Words that rhyme with flick

artic, brick, chick, click, crick, hand-pick, hic, hick, kick, lick, mick, miskick, nick, pic, pick, quick, rick, shtick, sic, sick, slick, snick, stick, thick, tic, tick, trick, Vic, wick

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