flashflash1 /flæʃ/ ●●○ S3 verb 1 shine [intransitive, transitive]SHINE to shine suddenly and brightly for a short time, or to make something shine in this way Lightning flashed overhead.flash something into/at/towards somebody/something Why is that guy flashing his headlights at me? Red warning lights flashed on and off (=shone for a short time and then stopped shining).► see thesaurus at shine2 pictures [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]AMSHOW/LET somebody SEE something to be shown quickly on television, on a computer, or on a filmflash across/onto/past etc Images of the war flashed across the screen.3 → flash through somebody’s mind/head/brain4 → flash a smile/glance/look etc (at somebody)5 show something quickly [transitive]SHOW/LET somebody SEE something to show something to someone for only a short time He flashed his identification card.► see thesaurus at show6 news/information [transitive always + adverb/preposition]TCB to send news or information somewhere quickly by radio, computer, or satelliteflash something across/to something Reporters at the scene flashed the news to their offices.7 move quickly [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]FAST/QUICK to move very quicklyflash by/past/through A meteor flashed through the sky. 8 eyes [intransitive]BRIGHT literary if your eyes flash, they look very bright for a moment, especially because of a sudden emotionflash with Janet’s blue eyes flashed with anger.9 sex organs [intransitive, transitive]SYSCC if a man flashes, or if he flashes someone, he shows his sexual organs in public → flasher10 → somebody’s life flashes before their eyes11 time passing quicklyFINISH/COME TO AN END [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a period of time or an event flashes by or flashes past, it seems to end very quicklyflash by/past Our vacation seemed to just flash by. → flash something ↔ around → flash back → flash forward→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusflash• A police car sped through the intersection, lights flashing.• It's like she flashed a bright light in my eyes, and I have to look away.• Lightning flashed across the sky.• Muskets were swung as clubs, pistols were fired point-blank, and swords flashed and clanged.• Lightning flashed and thunder rolled.• If it flashes heavily, turn it down.• Detective Mallory flashed his badge as he walked through the door.• Why did that guy flash his headlights at me?• Two police officers burst in, the latter hurriedly flashing his ID card at her as they made their way upstairs.• He flashed his membership card as passed through the door.• When she took off her glasses the sun caught her eyes and made them flash like green torches.• He remembers thinking in amazement that his name also was being flashed on screens in thousands of other movie theaters.• Returning workers flashed special identification cards issued by the union and walked in.flashed on and off• A big red warning light flashed on and off.• Dials and switches flashed on and off.• He walked towards the entrance; a fancy airlock system over which a large illuminated sign flashed on and off.• Visual images flashed on and off at fractions of a second to imprint themselves on the subconscious mind.flash across/onto/past etc• A photograph of the Moon flashed on to the screen.• When Bowman asked Hal for the telescopic display, a sparsely sprinkled star field flashed on to the screen.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• Her life had just flashed past her eyes and wasn't it dull?• But then the third golden sphere flashed across her path and rolled far into the grass beside the course.• Certainly that, though, curiously, an image of Carla had also flashed across his mind.• News was flashing across that Ronald 0.• Then a blue Rover drew out and flashed past them at speed, two people waving.flash by/past/through• Maybe it was the swirling water, or a bird that flashed by.• Rivers flashed by, and mountains appeared on the horizon.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• The image of the guard in his elaborate flowering prison flashes through her head.• But the days flash by in a blur.• The sunlight struck the silver-plated candlesticks on the sideboard and sent stilettos of light flashing through the room.• Using the speed gained in the dive, the whole gaggle flashed through the treetops at more than l l0 knots.• The one occasion which was flashing through Yanto's mind at this moment involved just three of the local water babies.flash with• Anne's eyes flashed with excitement.flash by/past• An ambulance flashed past.• Our vacation seemed to just flash by.• Horrified, Gazzer saw a yellow hat flash by.• Maybe it was the swirling water, or a bird that flashed by.• Rivers flashed by, and mountains appeared on the horizon.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• The furious lights would flash past and we would move into the middle again.• Her life had just flashed past her eyes and wasn't it dull?• But the days flash by in a blur.• Perhaps life was flashing by like a tape player speeded up.