flash across

flash across something

1. Lit. [for something bright] to move quickly across something. The telephone number flashed across the television screen too fast for me to copy it down. The spotlight flashed across the audience, blinding me as it went by.
2. Fig. [for an idea or image] to move quickly through one's mind. A solution to the problem suddenly flashed across my mind. Thoughts of food flashed across my mind, and I began to be very hungry.
See also: across, flash
References in classic literature ?
When Arthur went up to his dressing-room again after luncheon, it was inevitable that the debate he had had with himself there earlier in the day should flash across his mind; but it was impossible for him now to dwell on the remembrance--impossible to recall the feelings and reflections which had been decisive with him then, any more than to recall the peculiar scent of the air that had freshened him when he first opened his window.
And not till then did the truth flash across my mind.
Mason Rowley twice went close for Rugby in the first half before Callum Powell saw an effort flash across the face of the goal as the visitors pressed for a breakthrough.
Cheltenham began well enough with Matt Richards seeing a first minute free-kick flash across the face of goal but the confidence visibly drained from his team-mates following a 26th-minute opening goal.
The musician will capture the mood as the silent movie's images flash across the silver screen.
He was wearing all dark clothing including a hooded top The second man, was of medium build, wearing a dark hooded top with a red or pink flash across the rear of both shoulders.
The television advertisement features a homeless man walking through the streets, pulling an old shopping bag behind him, while images from his past flash across the screen.
And while the 41-year-old doesn't mention Jackson by name, images of the late singer flash across the screen throughout the clip.
PEOPLE across South Wales yesterday described watching a green-tinged meteor flash across the evening sky.
In Inner Appearances (which [Yvonne Rainer] choreographed and danced), cards flash across a screen to tell of the 'wild commotion of shame, grief, and joy' that is rushing about inside the head of the woman who moves slowly, carefully through her chore .
They wired up 160 volunteers and discovered naughty thoughts only flash across the mind of a typical bloke 19 times a day.
Ads flash across monitors during business on a preset time and for a preset duration.
Why go to such lengths for a background joke that would flash across the screen in a matter of seconds?
To do so is, of course, Ben Hitchcott's prerogative, and I wish him well - but I bet it's not a thought that will ever flash across AP's mind
The universities love it, the brownie-points flash across the screen and another professorship is squandered.