|Origin:||From the sound of a light blow|
1 [transitive 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 [intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]
to move with a sudden quick movement, or to make something move in this way
The cow's tail flicked from side to side.
flick something up/down etc
Jackie flicked her long hair back.
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 something on/off
Sandra flicked the TV on.
4 British English
to look very quickly at someone or something:
Leith flicked a glance at her watch.
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 somethingphrasal verb
Will flicked through Carla's photo album.