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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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"The exercise was called 'Photoflash' and coastguards were advised to expect at least 10 aircraft taking part and at least 80 flashes around the Liverpool Bay area and the North Wales coastline."
"We have dominated the game, had a redundant goalkeeper, their keeper is man of the match, everything flashes around the box and we've come away with a draw," he said.
And once the whistles blow top-notch anchor man Jeff Stelling cranks up the atmosphere as he flashes around the country for up-to-the-minute reports while a continuous vidiprinter keeps the scores flooding in.
Jay Finlay from Flint said he saw the flashes around 11.15pm before it all went dark.