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channel surf

To frequently change channels when watching television, especially for an extended period of time. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. After a long week of work, I like to just sit on the sofa and channel surf for a few hours.
See also: channel, surf

surf and turf

Seafood (surf), especially fish or lobster, served with beef (turf). Sometimes stylized as "surf 'n' turf." I've never understood the appeal of surf and turf, personally—I love steak and lobster, but their flavors don't really go together. I know a great place down by the beach that does excellent surf 'n' turf.
See also: and, surf, turf

surf the channels

To quickly switch between television channels, as while looking for a program to watch. I'm surfing the channels, but it doesn't look like anything good is on.
See also: channel, surf

surf the net

To browse the various content of the Internet. With the ubiquity of affordable smartphones and computers, everyone from seniors to preschoolers is able to surf the net these days. I just worry that he spends too much time surfing the net alone instead of hanging out with other kids his age.
See also: net, surf

surf the web

To browse the various content of the Internet. With the ubiquity of affordable smartphones and computers, everyone from seniors to preschoolers is able to surf the web these days. I just worry that he spends too much time surfing the web alone instead of hanging out with other kids his age.
See also: surf, web

Surf's up!

1. slang The waves are ideal for surfing. Hey man, grab your board—surf's up!
2. cliché Used by extension to indicate humorously that something is ready to begin. Come on, Jerry, the car is packed and we're ready to go. Surf's up, dude!


To ride on a short surfboard atop the wake created by a motorboat. The sport differs from wakeboarding in that the rider's feet are not strapped to the board, which is longer and narrower, and they typically ride without being towed by the boat once they are able remain upright. My cousin taught me how to wakesurf when we were out at the lake house last summer. It felt weird not having my feet strapped into to anything at first, but it was a lot more thrilling when I got the hang of it!
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surf and turf

fish and beef; lobster and beef. (A dinner serving incorporating both expensive seafood and an expensive cut of beef. Alludes to the sea and to the pasture. Fixed order.) Walter ordered the surf and turf, but Alice ordered only a tiny salad. No surf and turf for me. I want fish and fish alone.
See also: and, surf, turf

surf the Net

to browse around in the contents of the Internet. I spend an hour a day or more surfing the Net.
See also: net, surf
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

surf the net

move from site to site on the Internet.
Surf here comes from channel-surfing , the practice of switching frequently between channels on a television set in an attempt to find an interesting programme.
See also: net, surf

surf and turf

a dish containing both seafood and meat, typically shellfish and steak. chiefly North American
See also: and, surf, turf
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


1. mod. wonderful; with it; excellent. (California.) This party is, like, surf.
2. in. to use a remote control to check a large number of TV stations. (see also channel hopping.) Don spends almost an hour surfing before he falls asleep in front of the TV.

surf the net

tv. to browse through the offerings of the internet. He surfs the net for three hours each evening.
See also: net, surf
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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"In addition, we're very keen to work with local schools, not only to teach children to surf but also to offer swimming lessons and instruction in water safety."
The centre will be run on a not-for-profit basis, providing a home for various surf- and beach-related organisations and businesses based in the area, including Coast to Coast Surf School, East Lothian Countryside Ranger Service, The Wave Project and Dunbar Life Saving Club.
Hotel guests can avail of transfers to and from Siama Surf, which is 20 minutes away.
They are also designing the surf wave and overall 2-acre expansion project to accommodate private parties, concerts, and tournaments.
"If we do our job right and get people into the surf often and regularly, you will find talented people who have the drive to compete," he said.
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Under the proposals the hotel, including wedding and conference facilities, will be built on the lagoon shores, at the current site of Surf Snowdonia's glamping pod accommodation.
While still developing, there are now more guesthouse, B and Bs, surf shops and cafes springing up in the town, while at peak times there is even some entertainment to be found.
Throughout the term of the agreement, Surf continued to demand performance by Encompass in exchange for little to no payment.
Optional add-ons such as shark cage diving, wine and beer tasting tours, surf photography, and more are on offer.
Andy Ainscough, of Surf Snowdonia, said: "Our vision was always to develop a world-class facility in a world-class destination, and it's testament to the whole team at Surf Snowdonia that we have achieved so much in such a short amount of time.
These ideas also steer the next chapter's consideration of the "surf music" genre and the spread of the sport's popularity all over the world, including to Italy, Australia, the United Kingdom, and especially to California.
Called "Crowd Surf," the new Snapchat feature is able to turn quick clips of live concerts into a single watchable music video.
Newport authors Scott and Sandy Blackman, who wrote two books about surfing - "Oregon Surfing Central Coast" and "Oregon Surfing North Coast" - will sign books, share surfing stories and present a 30-minute video about The Agate Beach Surf Club, which was organized in 1965.
Walding, a writer who specializes in pop, surf, and beach culture in Australia, provides a guide to collectibles from Australian surfing, ranging from 1914, when Hawaiian Olympic swimmer and surfer Duke Kahanamoku demonstrated surfing in Sydney, up to the mid-1980s.