Definition of flick through in English:

flick through

phrasal verb

  • Look quickly through a book, magazine, etc.

    ‘she was flicking through a copy of Vogue’
    • ‘Do that, and we may start flicking through the address book on your mobile phone.’
    • ‘I didn't buy it, though I did flick through a few pages.’
    • ‘They're happy in their Studio City home in LA, and have already started flicking through baby name books.’
    • ‘The guy on the end of the phone line is flicking through the club history book, looking for nuggets of information with which to woo.’
    • ‘When a book is released I flick through a few magazines and if I find something, buy the magazine, cut out the review, and add it to my scrap books.’
    • ‘And House of Leaves is a massively fun book to flick through, no question.’
    • ‘I sit on the living-room carpet flicking through Bondini's books.’
    • ‘Historians flicking through the record books will conclude, accurately as it turns out, that he mustn't have been playing.’
    • ‘His quest began in 1979 when he was flicking through a book of British hit singles and realised he already had many of the tracks listed.’
    • ‘It's a measure of the current embattled men's magazine market that flicking through a pile of them in a public bar feels dirty and faintly illegal.’
    • ‘I tried to ignore the mayhem and flicked through Chris's book.’
    • ‘After Lee flicked through magazines to find a style she liked, Aline conferred with tutor Jayne Laverick to make sure she knew how to tackle the cut.’
    • ‘‘It hardly has the romance of Romeo and Juliet, I know,’ says Michelle, laughing as she flicks through Brides magazine.’
    • ‘As D' Alancaisez flicks through his book of ideas I hope he may one day be inspired to use his undoubted skill to experiment in other genres of photography.’
    • ‘She was flicking through a magazine. ‘Look at that,’ she said, tapping the page with a well manicured finger.’
    • ‘Over several cups of tea, Watson flicks through a lavish coffee-table book - The Vienna Album, which accompanied his recent exhibition in Austria.’
    • ‘I know because I flicked through the book once whilst in Borders in Brighton, so therefore I am an authority.’
    • ‘Such an age is usually just beyond recall, except by those flicking through the Bumper Book Of Rosy Old Clichés.’
    • ‘Probably just a researcher flicking through an occult book.’
    • ‘A flick through the reference manual quickly reveals that Hewlett's remarks have solid foundations.’
    leaf through, flip through, run through, skim through, scan, look through, riffle through, browse through, dip into, glance at, glance through, peruse, read quickly, have a quick look at, run one's eye over, give something a once-over, give something the once-over
    View synonyms