flash (something) at (someone or something)

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flash (something) at (someone or something)

1. To illuminate someone or something with a light. I can't see anything down here—flash a light at these boxes. will you? Maybe they're labeled.
2. To show or reveal something, often in a quick gesture. The witness refused to talk until I flashed my police badge at her. Dad, he flashed a search warrant at us—we had to let him in.
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flash something at someone or something

 
1. Lit. to shine a light quickly on someone or something. Larry flashed a light at Frank to verify his identity. We flashed the light at each doorway, looking for the address we had been sent to.
2. Fig. to show something, such as a badge, to someone or a group quickly. The cop flashed his badge at the suspect. The security officer came in and flashed his badge at the board of directors.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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"It was the first time that any female member of the audience had ever flashed at us. I think we took that as an omen that the rest of the tour would be success.
The dramatic vacuity of Jay Reise's brandnew Rasputin at the City Opera was literally spelled out as the limp language of the composer's own libretto- flashed at us. Masked by the singers' traditional inability to sing English in a comprehensible way, the audience might have received Reise's indecisive melodies and orchestral doodlings as just another exercise in the squall-and-twitter style of most academic/modernist opera.