Definition of flip through in US English:

flip through

phrasal verb

  • Look or search quickly through (a volume or a collection of papers)

    ‘just flip through the phone book and pick a lawyer’
    • ‘This one will require thought, expertise, and flipping through dusty volumes.’
    • ‘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 flipped through the small book listlessly, scanning the poems passively.’
    • ‘I think I glanced at that fact while quickly flipping through some glossy magazine.’
    • ‘Besides, she wasn't even sure if she should be even flipping through this book.’
    • ‘I flipped through the paper, and as I was almost finished my interviewer entered.’
    • ‘I sat in the chair furthest away from him (one seat away), and he picked up a random magazine and flipped through it.’
    • ‘So I'm sitting in a waiting room with my mum, flipping through a fashion magazine, half awake.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mary quickly flipped through the book to a section that listed the symptoms of stigmata.’
    • ‘He studied the small book, flipping through the pages.’
    • ‘I leave Mom who flips through a Family Circle magazine, she looks older then usual.’
    • ‘While I was doing the reading, Patsy sat on a couch across from me, flipping through a magazine.’
    • ‘He flips through some papers and steals a look at my rose bush.’
    • ‘Voracious readers all, they often spend hours at a fair, flipping through each and every book that catches their fancy.’
    • ‘Samuel turns to the papers, and flips through them, a smile of anticipation spreading over his face.’
    • ‘Desperate for more information, she nearly tore the brittle paper while flipping through it.’
    • ‘While Oliver stirred his spoon around the steaming soup, Simon flipped through the book he'd been reading.’
    • ‘Laura immediately flips through the papers until she reaches the appropriate page.’
    • ‘He was flipping through a magazine, appearing remotely bored, though his expression changed upon looking up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She flipped through notes and books on tables and floor, in the kitchen, dining and living rooms.’
    • ‘She shoved a cup of coffee toward me and started flipping through some papers.’
    • ‘The vivacious teenager is keen on mastering singing and dancing when her peers are busy flipping through books.’
    • ‘I was just flipping through a magazine when I came across this face which reflected so much innocence!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At two sharp, a middle-aged storyteller with horn-rimmed glasses flipped through a pair of books.’
    • ‘Summer sat down on the bed and flipped through a magazine.’
    • ‘He'd been flipping through papers and now seemed to be searching for something.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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