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channel-surf

[chan-l-surf]
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verb (used without object)
  1. 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
Related formschannel surfer, noun
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