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break the Internet
1. slang To post something on the Internet that triggers intense and widespread online interest and reaction. I can't believe that video of our puppy lounging on a pool float practically broke the Internet! Say what you will about Kim Kardashian, but she has at least one talent—breaking the Internet.
2. To disrupt an Internet connection. A: "Did you touch the router? Something's broken the Internet." B: "Oh, I must have jostled the router cords while I was vacuuming."
3. To overwhelm a web server so much that it crashes. Such a crash can be caused by a cyberattack or a large increase in traffic. Our site's down again. Hackers have been trying to break the Internet all weekend. The store's website has been unavailable since they announced their sale on Friday, when millions of people tried to access it simultaneously and broke the Internet.
4. To cause the Internet to stop working properly. You can't break the Internet, Grandpa, although clicking madly like that might cause some issues for your laptop.
The frequent changing of channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. I hate channel surfing. I can't understand why people don't just pick a program and watch it!
An intentionally incorrect pluralization of "Internet" used for comedic effect. A: "Where did you hear about this?" B: "Oh, on the Internets, so it's you know it's true!"
See also: Internet
on the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog
A phrase that highlights the anonymous nature of online correspondence. It originally appeared in a cartoon by Peter Steiner. A: "I can't say something that mean, even to a stranger." B: "Oh, sure you can! On the Internet, nobody knows you're a dog."
scour (something or some place) for (someone or something)
To search thoroughly inside of or all around some place or thing for someone or something. I've been scouring the internet for information about this strange new app my kids are using. We scoured the warehouse for evidence, but we couldn't find anything that would hold up in court.
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Switching from one television station (channel) to another frequently, either to search for an interesting program or to keep track of several programs at once. For example, What did you see on TV last night?-Nothing much; I was just channel surfing. The term transfers the surfer's search for good waves to the viewer's search for programs. This practice became widespread with the use of remote-control devices for changing channels while remaining seated some distance from the television set. [1980s] A 1990s version is Internet surfing, a similar process for searching cyberspace.
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.
See channel hopping
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