Idioms for flash

    flash in the pan,
    1. a brief, intense effort that produces no really significant result.
    2. a person who makes such an effort; one who enjoys short-lived success.
    flash on, Slang.
    1. to have a sudden thought, insight, or inspiration about.
    2. to have a sudden, vivid memory or mental picture of: I just flashed on that day we spent at the lake.
    3. to feel an instantaneous understanding and appreciation of.

Origin of flash

1350–1400; Middle English flasshen to sprinkle, splash, earlier flask(i)en; probably phonesthemic in orig.; compare similar expressive words with fl- and -sh

SYNONYMS FOR flash

18 scintillate. Flash, glance, glint, glitter mean to send forth a sudden gleam (or gleams) of bright light. To flash is to send forth light with a sudden, transient brilliancy: A shooting star flashed briefly. To glance is to emit a brilliant flash of light as a reflection from a smooth surface: Sunlight glanced from the glass windshield. Glint suggests a hard bright gleam of reflected light, as from something polished or burnished: Light glints from silver or from burnished copper. To glitter is to reflect intermittent flashes of light from a hard surface: Ice glitters in the moonlight.
40 flashy, gaudy, tawdry; pretentious, superficial.
42 false, fake.

OTHER WORDS FROM flash

flash·ing·ly, adverbout·flash, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for flash on

flash
/ (flæʃ) /

noun

adjective

verb

Word Origin for flash

C14 (in the sense: to rush, as of water): of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with flash on

flash

In addition to the idiom beginning with flash

  • flash in the pan

also see:

  • in a flash
  • quick as a wink (flash)
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