flash across (something)

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flash across (something)

1. To move or appear quickly across something. When my headlights flashed across a deer in the middle of the road, I brought the car to a screeching halt. Fear flashed across Jason's face as he tumbled out of the tree.
2. To quickly enter one's mind. An image of my keys on the dining room table suddenly flashed across my mind, and I remembered where I'd left them.
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flash across something

 
1. Lit. [for something bright] to move quickly across something. The telephone number flashed across the television screen too fast for me to copy it down. The spotlight flashed across the audience, blinding me as it went by.
2. Fig. [for an idea or image] to move quickly through one's mind. A solution to the problem suddenly flashed across my mind. Thoughts of food flashed across my mind, and I began to be very hungry.
See also: across, flash
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After nightfall, a 12-minute laser display began flashing across the facade in shows that will run through Friday night.
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During the conference, it lit up each night in green, with words flashing across the steel.
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While I was waiting for the GDN website to open on Boxing Day morning I read the short Yahoo news that burst flashing across my screen.
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Attentive Duck fans at Oregon's first home football game of the season at Autzen Stadium on Saturday may have noticed strings of words flashing across the Duck Vision scoreboard in-sync with the announcements by game officials.
However, there were reports of the Aurora Australis - or southern lights - which sends bright green and red lights flashing across the sky.
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Leamington had a chance to open the scoring on 11 minutes when a free kick by Arron Parkinson cleared the Stourbridge defence and Jamie Towers sent a shot flashing across the face of the goal.
The house lights having gone down to a volley of screams from the crowd we were treated to a light show accompanied by the Rocky theme, the words 'Paolo Nutini' flashing across the backdrop like a cheesy 70s chat show - and not a gig from one of this year's finest new acts.
I'd thought Chris Rock was a good choice, but the proceedings seemed to intimidate him, as though the letters "PC" kept flashing across his brain.