A man photographing himself in a mirror using a camera flash, creating a bright flash of light



  • To cause to shine briefly or intermittently.
  • To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
  • To be visible briefly.
  • To make visible briefly.
  • To briefly, and often unintentionally, expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public.
  • To show or expose an "inappropriate" part of the body to someone for humorous reasons or as an act of contempt.
  • To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
  • To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
  • To communicate quickly.
  • To move, or cause to move, suddenly.
  • To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back.
  • To climb (a route) successfully on the first attempt.
  • To write to the memory of (an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge).
  • To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different colour.
  • To expand (blown glass) into a disc.
  • To send by some startling or sudden means.
  • To burst out into violence.
  • To perform a flash.
  • To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
  • To trick up in a showy manner.
  • To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.



  • Expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy.
  • Having plenty of ready money.
  • Liable to show off expensive possessions or money.
  • Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
  • Relating to thieves and vagabonds.


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  • In some senses, from Middle English flasshen, a variant of flasken, flaskien, which was likely of imitative origin; in other senses probably of North Germanic origin akin to Swedish dialectal flasa, related to flare. Compare also Icelandic flasa.
  • From Middle English flasche, flaske; compare Old French flache, French flaque, which is of Germanic origin, akin to Middle Dutch vlacke ("an estuary, flats with stagnant pools").

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