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flash around

To show or reveal something, often in a quick gesture. A noun or pronoun can be used between "flash" and "around." Oh yeah, Katie's been flashing around her engagement ring constantly since Tom proposed—it's so annoying.
See also: around, flash
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

flash something around

to display something so everyone can see it. (Usually something one would hold in one's hand.) Don't flash your money around on the streets. She flashed around the pictures of her grandchildren every chance she got.
See also: around, flash
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A glance flashed around the room told him at once, however, that the English party had not descended.
Images of two women allegedly attacked on a London bus for refusing to kiss were flashed around the world.
Cellphone videos posted by residents on social media showed a white funnel-like vortex over the Agdao skyline as lightning flashed around it.
Shocking pictures of the wreckage of the aircraft - named The Clipper Maid of the Seas - showing it lying on its side in a field were flashed around the world.
So do not be misled by all these ridiculous promises that are being flashed around - eventually you are going to pay for them.
And Dr David Webber, expert on the political economy of sport at the University of Warwick in Coventry, says the deal emphasizes the crazy amounts of money being flashed around in the football world today.
At the same time as the exaggerated article flashed around the world, two national newspapers in the UK reported a Ghanaian woman was alleged to have brought cocaine into Heathrow.
When England 0 USA 1 flashed around the world on telex machines, it was widely thought to be a misprint.
Australia, who were the hosts of the 1992 World Cup, immediately got into the act as soon as soon as Mandela's comment was flashed around the world.
The city became notorious in 2009 when YouTube T images were flashed around the world of two cage fighters dressed as women on a night out hitting two apparently drunk youths.
According to the Mirror, footman Badar Azim, 25, was denied his visa renewal eight days after he was cheered by thousands well-wishers as he posted the royal birth announcement and images of him in his dashing red and black uniform were flashed around the world and forced to quit his dream role and return to the slums of Calcutta.
CYRANO and his tough band of (outnumbered) Gascons were preparing for the Spanish onslaught at the bloody siege of Arras when - right on cue - thunder rumbled and lightning flashed around the sky and then the clouds opened.
News of Carson's possible availability has been flashed around the Premier League, where he could find a home after his continental payday.
fences were flashed around the world leading to comparisons with the horrors of Nazi concentration camps.
Relayed by satellite television channels and on Internet social networking sites, the euphoria in Egypt flashed around a region where autocrats hold sway from the Atlantic to the Gulf.