channel


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to channel: Chanel, YouTube Channel
Like this video? Subscribe to our free daily email and get a new idiom video every day!

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

channel surfing

The frequent changing of channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I hate channel surfing. I can't understand why people don't just pick a program and watch it!
See also: channel, surfing

(all) great minds run in the same channel

Wise or intelligent people tend to have the same ideas or think in a similar way. Often used humorously regarding unremarkable thoughts occurring simultaneously between two or more people. Oh, you wanted to see the same film as me? All great minds run in the same channel, I guess!
See also: channel, great, mind, run, same

change the channel

1. Literally, to switch from one television station (or "channel") to another. Never change the channel during the game! We might miss something! I'm not really paying attention to that show, so feel free to change the channel.
2. slang To introduce a different topic of discussion, usually intentionally. I changed the channel after that last remark made Jeff and Bill visibly tense.
See also: change, channel

channel (something) in(to) (something)

1. To force something, usually a liquid, to travel into something through a channel. We had to channel water in from the river after our pipes burst.
2. To allocate or give resources, such as money or time, to a particular venture or goal. How much money do you think the company would be willing to channel into this initiative?
3. To direct or release something, often energy or an emotion, into something else. With all the red paint, I'm not surprised to hear that the artist channeled a lot of anger into this piece. You need to channel your frustration into something positive. Come on a run with me.
See also: channel

channel (something) off

1. To remove or redirect something, usually a liquid, through a channel. You move things to higher ground while I try to channel some of this water off.
2. To squander resources, such as money or time. Look, the company won't give us any more money for this initiative if those guys keep channeling it off.
See also: channel, off

go through (the proper) channels

To take the correct or accepted steps toward achieving some goal or outcome. I'm sorry, but we can't approve of this request because you didn't go through the proper channels. If you went through channels, then they have no reason to turn you away.
See also: channel, go, through

channel-hopping

Quickly switching between channels on a TV, as while looking for a program to watch. I'm channel-hopping, but it doesn't look like anything good is on.

channel-surfing

Quickly switching between channels on a TV, as while looking for a program to watch. I'm channel-surfing, but it doesn't look like anything good is on.

channel surfer

One who quickly switches between channels on a TV, as while looking for a program to watch. Hey, channel surfer, can you slow down so I can actually see what's on?
See also: channel, surfer

channel-zapping

Quickly switching between channels on a TV, as while looking for a program to watch. I'm channel-zapping, but it doesn't look like anything good is on.

change the channel

Sl. to switch to some other topic of conversation. Just a minute. I think you changed the channel. Let's go back to the part about you owing me money. Let's change the channel here before there is a fight.
See also: change, channel

channel something in

 (to something)
1. Lit. to divert water or other liquid through a channel into something. The farmer channeled the irrigation water into the field.
2. Fig. to divert something, such as energy, money, effort, into something. The government channeled a great deal of money into rebuilding the inner part of the city. I can't channel any more of our workforce into this project.
See also: channel

channel something off

 
1. Lit. to drain off water or some other liquid through a channel. The front yard is flooded, and we will have to channel the water off. Let's channel off the water before it gets too deep.
2. Fig. to drain off or waste energy, money, effort, etc. Unemployment channeled their resources off. The war channeled off most of the resources of the country.
See also: channel, off

go through (the proper) channels

to use the proper procedure, working through the correct people and offices to get something done; to cooperate with a bureaucracy. I'm sorry. I can't help you. You'll have to go through the proper channels. I didn't get what I wanted because I didn't go through channels.
See also: channel, go, through

work through channels

Fig. to try to get something done by going through the proper procedures and persons. You can't accomplish anything around here if you don't work through channels. I tried working through channels, but it takes too long. This is an emergency.
See also: channel, through, work

channel surfing

Switching from one television station (channel) to another frequently, either to search for an interesting program or to keep track of several programs at once. For example, What did you see on TV last night?-Nothing much; I was just channel surfing. The term transfers the surfer's search for good waves to the viewer's search for programs. This practice became widespread with the use of remote-control devices for changing channels while remaining seated some distance from the television set. [1980s] A 1990s version is Internet surfing, a similar process for searching cyberspace.
See also: channel, surfing

go through channels

Use the correct procedure, especially in a hierarchy or bureaucracy. For example, You'll have to go through channels for approval of this expenditure. This term uses channel in the sense of "a conduit." [Mid-1900s]
See also: channel, go, through

great minds run in the same channel, all

Intelligent persons think alike or come up with similar ideas. For example, I see you brought your tennis racket-thank goodness for great minds. This term is often uttered (sometimes jokingly) when two persons seem to find the same answer simultaneously, and is frequently shortened. [Late 1500s]
See also: all, great, mind, run, same

change the channel

tv. to switch to some other topic of conversation. Let’s change the channel here before there is a fight.
See also: change, channel

channel hopping

and channel surfing and channel zapping
n. using a remote control to move quickly from one television channel to another, pausing only a short time on each channel. I wish you would stop channel hopping! He spends more time channel zapping than actually watching.
See also: channel, hop

channel surfing

verb
See also: channel, surfing

channel zapping

verb
See also: channel, zap

channel surfer

n. a person who practices channel hopping. My husband is a confirmed channel surfer. I can’t understand why he does it.
See also: channel, surfer
References in periodicals archive ?
It can thus steer the channel towards reshaping itself with a team of creative and professional members.
Taking it further, Airtel Digital TV and Dish TV have announced their channel prices.
SARGODHA -- The Irrigation department has issued Lower Jhelum Canal closure plan for Rabi season 2018-19 and divided water supply channels into A and B category.
Due to their sizes, whenever they are passing through the Bonny channel, all other vessels are asked to wait because of the turbulence that comes with their movement on sea.
"The superior development was driven by the continued introduction of new High Definition (HD) channels across Europe and North America, as well as the further expansion of SES's Video business across emerging markets.
The researchers have proposed the QoS and QoE correlation method evaluating the delivery process of IPTV service and the quality parameters of the TV channel flow transmission [7].
Customers should be able to complete their business on their channel of choice.
Priya Sachdev, CRO and Head Strategic Alliances, Business SALT, said “We are excited to roll out the first set of Channel Enabler public workshops in the country!
WEDNESDAY: - Swimming, athletics and sitting volleyball (Channel 4, 9.15am-12noon); athletics and table tennis (Channel 4, 12.05pm-1pm); wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, athletics and sitting volleyball (Channel 4, 1pm-4.20pm); wheelchair basketball, 7-a-side football, wheelchair tennis and sitting volleyball (More4, 4.20pm-5.25pm); swimming finals (Channel 4, 5.25pm-6.30pm); athletics and swimming (More4, 6.25pm-7.30pm); swimming and athletics (Channel 4, 7.30pm-10.30pm).
Along with the channel numbers line up change, DStv viewers will get an additional channel.
According to the study by Arab Advisors Group, the number of free-to-air (FTA) satellite channels targeting the Arab world increased by 10.5 per cent in the 12 months from April 2010.
News and current affairs channels have the highest average advertising rates amongst FTA (free-to-air) satellite channels in the Arab world, said a report.
"These channel launches are about delivering on Comcast's promise to customers that by converting to digital, we could offer more of the products and services they want, right away."
Verizon said that it will continue expanding its FiOS TV channel line-up this year, with a major focus on HD content.
Our study considers two types of factors simultaneously: channel selection across in-home shopping channels and consumer behaviors (information search and purchase behavior).