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flip through (something)
To casually read through a document, magazine, or book without paying close attention to it. I had just started flipping through a magazine when the receptionist called my name.
flip through something
to go quickly through the leaves of a book, etc., page by page. She flipped through the book, looking at the pictures. Don't just flip through it. Read it.
Browse through, as in She flipped through the magazine while she waited. This expression uses flip in the sense of "turn over pages."
To go through some printed material quickly, rapidly turning from page to page: I was flipping through the magazine when I spotted an article on comets.