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[chan-l-surf] /ˈtʃæn lˌsɜrf/
verb (used without object)
to change from one channel on a television set to another with great or unusual frequency, especially by using a remote control.
Origin of channel-surf
An Americanism dating back to 1985-90
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channel surfer, noun Unabridged
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channel surf

verb phrase

To shift rapidly from one television channel to another: people who channel surf, using a remote control

[1990s+; Channel-hop, in the same sense, is attested from 1971, but did not thrive]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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