One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Reject someone (or be rejected) in a casual or offhand way.
- ‘Just ponder a world without that song, without the Stock Aitken Waterman power years, and thank your lucky stars that Darius was given the flick when he was.’
- ‘You have just decided to give me the flick for an interjection by referring to me by name.’
- ‘It's just that if he constantly asks you out, and you've constantly turned him down, wouldn't he be inclined to give you the flick when you call - or worse, call the police?’
- ‘Still, at least I know how to ask how many Pesos a man has, then give him the flick off if he doesn't have enough to satisfy my tastes.’
- ‘Tam looks back at Liam, ‘I know what happened between us was all my fault and I know I'm probably getting the flick today - but I couldn't leave without telling you just how sorry I am.’’
- ‘I spoke with Phil, who had seen me leaving for lunch with Lea back before she gave me the flick.’
- ‘And hands reached up to grab your ankles but you gave them the flick.’
- ‘Then, at the stroke of a pen, the company's value halves after Microsoft gives them the flick.’
- ‘Still, he got what he deserved, he got the flick and he'll find it hard to get a job in science anywhere now.’
- ‘The PM of France (the leftie who got the flick at the last Presidential election) was to convene the meeting late in 1998.’
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