flash a smile

flash (one) a smile

To smile at one, usually quickly and perhaps unexpectedly. She was sad this morning, but I think she's feeling better now—she flashed me a smile before she left.
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flash a smile (at someone)

Fig. to smile quickly and perhaps briefly at someone. She flashed a smile at me as if she recognized me.
See also: flash, smile
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Pretend you just noticed him right before you reach him, then catch his gaze and flash a smile as you pass.
Everyday, Stella by Starlight, as she was called even though she worked days, would walk a few blocks to work and flash a smile that melted your heart.