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flash in the pan
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden, brilliant light that vanishes almost instantly.
blaze, flare
similar words:
beam, blink, flame, flicker, gleam, glint, glitter, spark, sparkle, streak
definition 2: a sudden, brilliant display, as of emotion, talent, or understanding.
display, outburst, show
similar words:
demonstration, exhibit, glimmer, inspiration, intuition, spark
definition 3: a very short amount of time; instant.
I'll be there in a flash.
instant, minute, moment, second
similar words:
jiffy, split second, trice, twinkle, twinkling
definition 4: showy appearance or manner.
He's all flash and no substance.
ostentation, pomp, showiness
similar words:
display, fanfare, glitter, pageantry, razzle-dazzle
definition 5: a photographic device for producing brief illumination of a subject; flash bulb; flash gun.
similar words:
bulb, light
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phrase: flash in the pan
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: flashes, flashing, flashed
definition 1: to produce a sudden, brilliant light, esp. one that vanishes almost instantly or bursts forth repeatedly.
similar words:
beam, blaze, blink, flicker, glint, scintillate, shine
definition 2: to move, happen, or come into view suddenly or quickly.
The car flashed past us.
dart, shoot, streak
similar words:
bolt, dash, gleam, scoot, tear
definition 3: to glitter brightly; gleam.
swords flashing in the sun
similar words:
glimmer, glint, glitter, sparkle
definition 4: (slang) to expose one's genitals briefly in public.
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part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to cause to shine brilliantly, esp. for an instant or repeatedly.
similar words:
shine, sparkle
definition 2: to produce (a brilliant light) suddenly.
similar words:
illuminate, shine
definition 3: to send or make known very quickly.
The general flashed his orders to the troops by radio.
similar words:
dispatch, relay, transmit
definition 4: to show for an instant only.
He flashed his passport.
similar words:
display, exhibit, present, show
definition 5: (informal) to have a sudden insight or memory about (usu. fol. by on).
similar words:
realize, recall
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: occurring suddenly and usu. without warning.
a flash flood
similar words:
instantaneous, rapid, sudden
definition 2: showy in appearance or manner.
jazzy, showy
similar words:
camp, flashy, theatrical, wild
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derivations: flashingly (adv.), flasher (n.)
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  • flashlight:
    a lamp with a strong beam that you hold in your hand.
  • flashcard:
    a card you use to help you learn something, such as spelling or math facts. You write the thing you want to learn on the card and try to remember it.
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