flick over(redirected from flick over something)
1. Of eyes, to dart quickly and suddenly to or across someone or something. His eyes flicked over to the spot where he had stashed the money. Her gaze flicked over me, assessing whether or not I could be trusted.
2. To cause something to travel over someone or something with a light, quick blow, kick, or jerk. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "flick" and "over." The forward flicked the ball over the defenders' heads, setting up a brilliant shot by her teammate. He made it look so easy the way he flicked over the Frisbee.
3. To turn very quickly or briefly to a certain page, as in a book, newspaper, or magazine. OK, students, flick over to page 75, and we'll start reading from where we left off yesterday. I flicked over to the business section to check on the stock prices.
4. To cause something, such as a page in a book or magazine, to turn over very quickly, as with the flick of a finger. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "flick" and "over." She flicked the pages over so quickly that I wondered how she could read any of it at all.
5. To change to a different channel, station, or frequency, as on a television or radio, especially quickly or abruptly. Flick over to channel nine. They're showing a great movie at 10 o'clock. We're getting a lot of interference. We'll need to flick over to a different frequency.
6. To cause the channel on a television to change to another quickly or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "flick" and "over." I happened to flick over the channel and see my aunt being interviewed on the 9 o'clock news. Can we please flick the station over to something a bit more mellow? I'm really not in the mood for death metal right now.
7. Of a measurement device, to change from one reading to another. The car's odometer had just flicked over to 250,000 miles when I started hearing a foreboding sound in the engine. The indicator flicked straight over from "Safe" to "Danger," so we rang the supervisor immediately.
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