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flake out

1. To cancel a prearranged meeting or event, especially at the last minute; to fail to attend or go through with something. I'm going to stop inviting Samantha to do stuff with me because she always ends up flaking out. I hate to flake out on them again, but I'm just too tired to go out tonight.
2. To collapse or faint from exhaustion or fatigue. After the eighth or ninth hour wandering in the woods, George eventually flaked out under a tree.
3. To go, or cause to go, crazy. I don't know what happened! I just mentioned that her father had called, and she started flaking out at me! His huge, arduous assignments are really starting to flake his students out.
4. To fall asleep or take a nap. I think I'm going to head home at lunch and flake out for a bit.
5. To lose one's confidence, courage, or resolve. I really need your help in this fight, please don't flake out on me now!
See also: flake, out

pee in (someone's) Corn Flakes

rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to pee in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who peed in his Corn Flakes?"
See also: corn, Flake, pee

piss in (someone's) Corn Flakes

rude slang To really upset, irritate, or disappoint someone. Sorry to piss in your Corn Flakes, but you won't get any credits for the class unless you attend every single lecture. A: "Watch out, the boss is in a foul mood today." B: "Wow, I wonder who pissed in his Corn Flakes?"
See also: corn, Flake, piss

flake off

1. To fall from something in small bits or pieces. Ugh, look at all the glitter that flaked off my birthday cards.
2. slang To ignore a planned event or responsibility, often to do something frivolous instead. I flaked off class this afternoon and went to the mall instead.
See also: flake, off

flack out

 and flake out
Sl. to collapse with exhaustion; to lie down because of exhaustion. All the hikers flacked out when they reached the campsite. After a few hours, the hikers all flaked out.
See also: flack, out

flake away (from something)

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole gradually or from natural causes. Bits of stone flaked away from the surface of the statue year after year. Bits of the steps flaked away from years of constant use.
See also: away, flake

flake down

Sl. to go to bed and go to sleep. I've got to go home and flake down for a while. Tom is flaked down for the night.
See also: down, flake

flake off (of) something

[for bits of something] to break away from the whole, perhaps under pressure or because of damage. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) Little bits of marble began to flake off the marble steps. Bits flaked off from the whole.
See also: flake, off

flake something off of something

 and flake something off
to make bits or flakes break off from the whole. The sculptor flaked bits of stone off the block, but you could not yet see what the block was going to become. She flaked off a little more.
See also: flake, of, off

flake out

1. Drop from exhaustion, faint. For example, After running the marathon, be simply flaked out on the ground. This expression possibly is derived from a now obsolete meaning of flake, "to become flabby or fall in folds." [Slang; c. 1940]
2. Lie down, go to sleep, as in Homeless persons flaked out in doorways. [Slang; early 1940s]
3. Lose one's nerve, as in Please don't flake out now. [Slang; 1950s]
4. Go crazy; also, cause someone to go crazy. For example, She just flaked out and we had to call an ambulance, or This project is flaking us out. The usages in def. 3 and 4 probably are derived from the adjective flaky, meaning "eccentric." [c. 1970]
5. Die, as in He flaked out last night. [1960s]
6. Surprise, astonish, as in She said she'd just been made a partner, and that flaked me out. This usage appears to be a variant of freak out. [c. 1970]
See also: flake, out

flake off

1. To break away from a surface in small, flat pieces: Rust is flaking off of the old pipes. Paint chips are flaking off from the ceiling.
2. Slang To fail to do something out of lack of interest; blow something off: Last night I flaked off doing the dishes because I was tired.
See also: flake, off

flake out

v. Slang
1. To act oddly or eccentrically: I flaked out after hearing the bad news.
2. To lose interest or nerve: We wanted to go skydiving, but at the last minute we flaked out.
3. To fall asleep or collapse from fatigue or exhaustion: After driving for ten hours, I stopped and flaked out.
4. To fail to live up to an expectation or responsibility: I wouldn't have assigned you such an important task if I knew you were going to flake out like that. My contractor flaked out on me, and now I need to find a new one.
See also: flake, out


and (flake) spoon
n. a small spoon used to carry powdered cocaine to a nostril. (Drugs.) The principal wrote a letter to Mrs. Simpson telling her that Jimmy had brought a cokespoon to school. She used an old-fashioned flake spoon right until she died.

flake spoon

See also: flake, spoon

flack (out)

in. to collapse in exhaustion; to go to sleep. Betsy flacked out at nine every night.
See also: flack, out


1. n. a person who acts silly or giddy. Sally is such a flake!
2. n. a medicinal form of crystallized cocaine. (Drugs. Similar to crack.) Where can I get some flake around here?
3. tv. [for the police] to place drugs or traces of drugs on a person during an arrest. (Underworld. The person is then charged with possession of drugs.) That’s not mine! You flaked me!
4. and flakes n. phencyclidine (PCP), an animal tranquilizer. Even Shorty won’t sell flake, and he’s not what I would call a concerned citizen.


See flake
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flake down

in. to go to bed; to go to sleep. After I flake down for about three days, I’ll tell you about my trip.
See also: down, flake

flake (out)

1. in. to pass out from exhaustion; to fall asleep. (see also flack (out).) After jogging, I usually flake for a while.
2. in. to fall asleep after drug use. (Drugs.) An hour after she took the stuff, she just flaked.
See also: flake, out



flaked out

1. mod. alcohol intoxicated. You are too flaked out to drive home. Give me your keys.
2. and flaked mod. passed out because of drugs. (Drugs.) Jerry took the stuff and ended up flaked.
3. mod. unconscious; exhausted; tired out. There are too many flaked out people working at dangerous machines.
See also: flake, out


See also: flake

joy flakes

and joy dust
n. powdered or crystallized cocaine. (see also crack.) She said what she wanted was some joy flakes, and I guess that’s cocaine. “Joy dust” is sort of crack without the press coverage.
See also: flake, joy
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Pressure flaking doesn't add much sharpness or strength to a cutting instrument, Shea adds.
Individuals today who have learned to fashion replicas of Stone Age spearheads like to finish off their handiwork with pressure flaking, mainly because it looks nice and demonstrates the maker's precision skills, according to Shea.
Archaeologist Curtis Marean of Arizona State University in Tempe calls the evidence for pressure flaking at Blombos "suggestive but not completely convincing.
Pressure flaking on Solutrean and prehistoric Native American artifacts shows far more refinement than the coarse trimming marks observed on Blombos tools, he notes.
Knowledge of pressure flaking doesn't imply any special mental or toolmaking abilities, he believes.
If the authors are correct that pressure flaking occurred at Blombos Cave, the result is important in that it extends the time range of the technique," Marean says.
These latest flaking roll enhancements follow the introduction of state-of-the-art hydraulics technology to improve reliability and operation.
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They note that Aboriginal people themselves often distinguish between 'early' point types, as both unifacial and bifacial points which lack invasive retouch, and 'late' point forms, which are often invasively pressure flaked, with flaking extending beyond the midline of the point.
Recent analysis of several other excavated stone artefact assemblages from the Keep River region, with the exception of one possible outlier artefact, indicates a post- 1000BP date for the introduction of pressure flaking in this area (Boer-Mah 2002: 39, 55).
As I have implied earlier in this paper, one of the problems with previous work on the origins of Kimberley points is that it fails to discriminate adequately between the appearance of pressure flaking as a technology for the manufacture of points, and the appearance of Kimberley points as they are defined in the strict sense above.
Pressure flaking produces a range of different flake shapes as debris, but a distinctive type are the tiny, flat, elongate flakes with long flake scar arrises indicating the prior removal of other pressure flakes.
Pressure flaking was carried out with a long hardwood pressure flaker called a mungarda.