channel surf

channel surf

To frequently change channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. After a long week of work, I like to just sit on the sofa and channel surf for a few hours.
See also: channel, surf
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Faced with a television set, viewers can use their keyboards to channel surf at their leisure between 16 channels, the contents of which are perfectly timed to the ebb and flow of the song.
To better understand the world that surrounds your campers when they are home, watch TV on Saturday mornings and then channel surf over to The Disney Channel, Nickelodeon, and - yes - even MTV.
The thing you are watching fades out for a commercial break and you can switch it to the tiny screen and channel surf.
Among the sensible: Gingrich wants prisoners to work and study in prison, not lift weights and channel surf.
But you can't channel surf these days without stumbling upon one.