channel surfer

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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?
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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It's the sort of stuff channel-surfers might expect from Discovery or National Geographic Channel.
In a year where worthwhile films have been few and far between, here we have the year's first eminently re-watchable picture, a movie that will leave audiences rolling in the theatre aisles and later become a mainstay on TV screens, being viewed again and again on Blu-Ray and delighting channel-surfers when it pops up on cable.
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A small but dedicated staff of cinephiles and channel-surfers keeps these many areas of operation running smoothly, Our hats go off to them, as well, for their spirit and determination to make the Academy a relevant, accessible and flourishing professional organization--and they've succeeded.
The channel-surfers must have wished that somehow "The Spoilers" characters could violate the laws of physics, jump channels from the Yukon to the convention floor and transform the imitation love fest into a real family ruckus.
With all the gleeful abandon of Ritalin-deficient channel-surfers, they fast-forward through everything from obvious A-list titles (Sylvester Stallone's "Rambo" sagas, the "Lethal Weapon" series) to made-for-video knockoffs, strip-mining the fertile ground for familiar cliches and conventions--wiseacre heroes, testosterone-fueled mayhem, belligerently snarky dialogue, bad hairdos, etc.--that, truth be told, were hard to take very seriously in the first place.