flick

A flick is a quick, short movement, usually coming from the wrist or hand. There used to be a "Flick a Bic" cigarette ad: cigarettes are awful, but starting a lighter is a classic flick.

The most common flick is probably turning a switch on or off — people flick switches, like light switches. Flicking is also used when describing golfers and basketball players. A fast, sharp golf shot could be called a flick. A quick basketball shot — like tipping the ball in with one second left in the game — is also a flick. A flick can also be described as a quick jerk — not a jerk as in a bad person, but a tiny movement. If you're using your whole body or even your whole arm, you're not flicking.

Definitions of flick
  1. verb
    throw or toss with a quick motion
    flick a piece of paper across the table”
    synonyms: jerk
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    type of:
    force, push
    move with force
  2. verb
    cause to move with a flick
    “he flicked his Bic”
    synonyms: flip
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    type of:
    throw
    propel through the air
  3. verb
    touch or hit with a light, quick blow
    flicked him with his hand”
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    type of:
    brush
    touch lightly and briefly
  4. verb
    cause to make a snapping sound
    synonyms: click, snap
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    type of:
    move
    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  5. verb
    twitch or flutter
    “the paper flicked
    synonyms: riffle, ruffle
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    type of:
    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  6. verb
    remove with a flick (of the hand)
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    remove, take, take away, withdraw
    remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract
  7. noun
    a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)
    “he gave it a flick with his finger”
    “he felt the flick of a whip”
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    type of:
    contact, impinging, striking
    the physical coming together of two or more things
  8. noun
    a short stroke
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    stroke
    a mark made on a surface by a pen, pencil, or paintbrush
  9. verb
    look through a book or other written material
    synonyms: flip, leaf, riff, riffle, thumb
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    type of:
    peruse
    examine or consider with attention and in detail
  10. verb
    shine unsteadily
    synonyms: flicker
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    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  11. verb
    flash intermittently
    “The lights flicked on and off”
    synonyms: flicker
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    type of:
    blink, flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
    gleam or glow intermittently
  12. noun
    a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
    synonyms: film, motion picture, motion-picture show, movie, moving picture, moving-picture show, pic, picture, picture show
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    telefilm
    a movie that is made to be shown on television
    feature, feature film
    the principal (full-length) film in a program at a movie theater
    final cut
    the final edited version of a movie as approved by the director and producer
    home movie
    a film made at home by an amateur photographer
    collage film
    a movie that juxtaposes different kinds of footage
    coming attraction
    a movie that is advertised to draw customers
    shoot-'em-up
    a movie featuring shooting and violence
    short subject
    a brief film; often shown prior to showing the feature
    docudrama, documentary, documentary film, infotainment
    a film or TV program presenting the facts about a person or event
    cinema verite
    a movie that shows ordinary people in actual activities without being controlled by a director
    film noir
    a movie that is marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, menace, and cynical characters
    skin flick
    a pornographic movie
    rough cut
    the first print of a movie after preliminary editing
    silent movie, silent picture, silents
    a movie without a soundtrack
    slow motion
    a movie that apparently takes place at a slower than normal speed; achieved by taking the film at a faster rate
    talkie, talking picture
    a movie with synchronized speech and singing
    3-D, 3D, three-D
    a movie with images having three dimensional form or appearance
    musical, musical comedy, musical theater
    a play or film whose action and dialogue is interspersed with singing and dancing
    Western, horse opera
    a film about life in the western United States during the period of exploration and development
    animated cartoon, cartoon, toon
    a film made by photographing a series of cartoon drawings to give the illusion of movement when projected in rapid sequence
    newsreel
    a short film and commentary about current events
    peepshow
    a short pornographic film shown in a small coin-operated booth
    type of:
    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
    show
    a social event involving a public performance or entertainment
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