Definition of flip through in English:

flip through

phrasal verb

  • Look quickly through (a book, magazine, etc.)

    ‘McLeish flipped through his notes’
    • ‘I sat in the chair furthest away from him (one seat away), and he picked up a random magazine and flipped through it.’
    • ‘She shoved a cup of coffee toward me and started flipping through some papers.’
    • ‘I think I glanced at that fact while quickly flipping through some glossy magazine.’
    • ‘While I was doing the reading, Patsy sat on a couch across from me, flipping through a magazine.’
    • ‘The vivacious teenager is keen on mastering singing and dancing when her peers are busy flipping through books.’
    • ‘I don't get the magazines, but then when you're in a place with them, you immediately go to the magazines and you're flipping through.’
    • ‘I was just flipping through a magazine when I came across this face which reflected so much innocence!’
    • ‘Desperate for more information, she nearly tore the brittle paper while flipping through it.’
    • ‘He'd been flipping through papers and now seemed to be searching for something.’
    • ‘I flipped through the small book listlessly, scanning the poems passively.’
    • ‘He studied the small book, flipping through the pages.’
    • ‘At two sharp, a middle-aged storyteller with horn-rimmed glasses flipped through a pair of books.’
    • ‘I hold my tongue, watching my daughter, who, oblivious to the conversation around her, flips through a coffee table book of photographs chronicling one day in the life of America.’
    • ‘He flips through some papers and steals a look at my rose bush.’
    • ‘This one will require thought, expertise, and flipping through dusty volumes.’
    • ‘Mary quickly flipped through the book to a section that listed the symptoms of stigmata.’
    • ‘His wife claimed his seat and started to flip through the paper while he wrapped up his sleeves and searched for the dishbrush in the cupboard under the sink.’
    • ‘Conveniently, the library is on my way home from work, so it's a great place to stop on my way and flip through a book quickly.’
    • ‘Besides, she wasn't even sure if she should be even flipping through this book.’
    • ‘Laura immediately flips through the papers until she reaches the appropriate page.’
    • ‘While Oliver stirred his spoon around the steaming soup, Simon flipped through the book he'd been reading.’
    • ‘The search engine flips through the copy of its known world, presenting a cross-section of all knowledge within its reach, regardless of its cultural weight.’
    • ‘I leave Mom who flips through a Family Circle magazine, she looks older then usual.’
    • ‘He was flipping through a magazine, appearing remotely bored, though his expression changed upon looking up.’
    • ‘She flipped through notes and books on tables and floor, in the kitchen, dining and living rooms.’
    • ‘Voracious readers all, they often spend hours at a fair, flipping through each and every book that catches their fancy.’
    • ‘So I'm sitting in a waiting room with my mum, flipping through a fashion magazine, half awake.’
    • ‘I flipped through the paper, and as I was almost finished my interviewer entered.’
    • ‘Samuel turns to the papers, and flips through them, a smile of anticipation spreading over his face.’
    • ‘Summer sat down on the bed and flipped through a magazine.’
    thumb, thumb through, leaf through, flick 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
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