1 blaze, flame, flare, burst, dazzle, spark, sparkle, coruscation, fulguration, glitter, twinkle, twinkling, flicker, flickering, scintilla, scintillation, glint, shimmer, glimmer, gleam, beam, ray, shaft:
There was a blinding flash of blue light and the little man was gone.
2 (sudden or momentary) display, stroke, show, manifestation, outburst, outbreak, sign, indication, exhibition; touch, hint, suggestion:
She has occasional flashes of insight bordering on genius.
3 moment, (split) second, instant, twinkling (of an eye), trice, minute, Colloq two shakes (of a lamb's tail), jiffy, shake, before you can say 'Jack Robinson':
In a flash he was at her side.
4 burn, blaze, flame, flare, burst (out), dazzle, spark, sparkle, coruscate, fulgurate, glitter, twinkle, flicker, scintillate, shimmer, glimmer, gleam, beam, glare, shine:
The light flashed every eight seconds.
5 race, speed, dash, streak, flick, tear, rush, hurry, hasten, fly, zoom, shoot, bolt, whistle; run, sprint, dart, scuttle, scamper, Colloq scoot, skedaddle, take off, whiz or whizz:
The train flashed by, doing about 100.
6 dazzling, showy, ostentatious, smart, chic, Colloq swish, classy, ritzy, snazzy:
Barbara's new car looks very flash.
1 flash, gaudy, flamboyant, glaring, fulgurous, showy, ostentatious, loud, garish, vulgar, cheap, meretricious, pretentious, tawdry, tasteless, Colloq tacky, Slang jazzy, US glitzy:
He was attracted by her flashy appearance.
2 superficial, cosmetic, skin-deep, surface, shallow, glib, slick, facile, insubstantial, thin:
The reviewer called it a flashy interpretation of the Bard.
1 sudden bright light; sudden idea/emotion/action
great | blinding, bright, brilliant | sudden | brief, momentary, quick | occasional | rare
a rare flash of humour
| light, lightning | news
VERB + FLASH
He felt a brief flash of jealousy. She had a sudden flash of inspiration.
| catch, detect, notice, see
We caught a flash of white in the bushes.
FLASH + VERB
illuminate sth, light sth (up)
A bright flash of lightning lit up the sky.
The flashes from the guns illuminated the sky.
| ~ of
a sudden flash of light
2 bright light for a camera
built-in | camera
VERB + FLASH
I don't think the picture will come out in this light. Try using the flash.
FLASH + VERB
go off, work
The flash didn't go off.
FLASH + NOUN
photography | bulb | unit
a camera with a built-in flash unit
with (a) ~
I took it with flash. verb
It was only the sun, flashing briefly on her bleached hair.
A car flashed its headlights at me.
2 show emotion
suddenly | angrily
Her eyes flashed angrily.
Her eyes suddenly flashed with anger.
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