Synonyms of flash in English:


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1‘a torch flashed’


light up, shine, flare, blaze, glare, beam, gleam, glint, sparkle, spark, burn, fluoresce

blink, wink, flicker, shimmer, twinkle, glimmer, glisten, scintillate

literary glister, coruscate, fulgurate, effulge

2‘the computer flashed the result on the scoreboard’


display, show, present, set forth, unveil

3‘he was flashing all this money about in the pub’


show off, flaunt, flourish, display, exhibit, parade, brag about, exult in

4‘he opened his coat and flashed at me’


expose oneself, display one's genitals, reveal one's genitals, show one's genitals, commit indecent exposure

5‘racing cars flashed past’


zoom, streak, tear, shoot, dash, dart, fly, whistle, hurtle, rush, hurry, bolt, race, bound, speed, career, charge, hare, whizz, whoosh, buzz

informal scoot, skedaddle, belt, zap, zip, scorch

British informal bomb, bucket, burn rubber, go like the clappers

North American informal barrel, lay rubber


1‘a flash of light’


flare, blaze, burst, glare, pulse, blast

gleam, glint, sparkle, flicker, shimmer, twinkle, glimmer

beam, shaft, ray, streak, bar, finger, stream

2‘a basic uniform with no flashes’


emblem, insignia, badge, marking

patch, bright patch, streak, stripe, bar, chevron

3‘a sudden flash of inspiration’


burst, outbreak, outburst, wave, rush, surge, stab, flush, blaze

sudden show, brief display, brief exhibition


1‘a flash sports car’


ostentatious, showy, bold, flamboyant, conspicuous, obtrusive, extravagant, expensive, pretentious

vulgar, tasteless, in bad taste, in poor taste, tawdry, brash, lurid, garish, loud, gaudy, crude, trashy

flashy, snazzy, nifty, fancy, swanky, jazzy, glitzy, ritzy, tacky, fancy-pants, naff, kitsch, Brummagem

North American bling-bling


understated, tasteful


    in/like a flash

      ‘it was all over in a flash’


      instantly, suddenly, abruptly, immediately, instantaneously, all of a sudden

      quickly, rapidly, swiftly, speedily, without delay

      in an instant, in a moment, in a second, in a split second, in a minute, in a trice, like a shot, straight away, in a wink, in the blink of an eye, in the twinkling of an eye, in two shakes, in two shakes of a lamb's tail, before you know it, on the double, at the speed of light, like an arrow from a bow


      in a jiffy, before you can say Jack Robinson, double quick, in double quick time, p.d.q., p.d.q. pretty damn quick, like lightning, like greased lightning, at warp speed


      eventually, slowly