Share this entry

Synonyms of flash in English:


  • 1 a torch flashed
  • 2 the computer flashed the result on the scoreboard
    display, show, present, set forth, unveil
  • 3 informal he was flashing all this money about in the pub
  • 4 informal he opened his coat and flashed at me
    expose oneself, show/display/reveal one's genitals, commit indecent exposure
  • 5 racing cars flashed past
    informal scoot, skedaddle, belt, zap, zip, scorch
    British informal bomb, bucket, burn rubber, go like the clappers
    North American informal barrel, lay rubber
  • noun

    Back to top  
  • 1 a flash of light
    flare, blaze, burst, glare, pulse, blast;
    beam, shaft, ray, streak, bar, finger, stream
  • 2 a basic uniform with no flashes
    emblem, insignia, badge, marking;
    patch, bright patch, streak, stripe, bar, chevron
  • 3 a sudden flash of inspiration
    burst, outbreak, outburst, wave, rush, surge, stab, flush, blaze;
    sudden show, brief display/exhibition
  • Phrases

    in/like a flash
    it was all over in a flash
    [Antonyms] eventually, slowly
    quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, without delay;
    in an instant, in a moment, in a (split) second, in a minute, in a trice, like a shot, straight away, in a wink, in the blink of an eye, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes (of a lamb's tail), before you know it, on the double, at the speed of light, like an arrow from a bow
    informal in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q. (pretty damn quick), like (greased) lightning, at warp speed


    Back to top  
  • informal a flash sports car See flashy
  • Definition of flash in:
    Share this entry

    What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

    Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

    Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources