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flip through (something)
To casually read through a document, magazine, or book without paying close attention to it. I had just started flipping through a magazine when the receptionist called my name.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
flip through something
to go quickly through the leaves of a book, etc., page by page. She flipped through the book, looking at the pictures. Don't just flip through it. Read it.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Browse through, as in She flipped through the magazine while she waited. This expression uses flip in the sense of "turn over pages."
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
To go through some printed material quickly, rapidly turning from page to page: I was flipping through the magazine when I spotted an article on comets.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.