flake out


flaked out; flaking out; flakes out

intransitive verb

slang : to fall asleep
slang : to be overcome especially by exhaustion see also flake entry 2 sense 2

Examples of flake out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In places around the United States where people will flock to see next week’s solar eclipse, some local officials have warned that mobile service could temporarily flake out. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 There are lots of reasons your phone might flake out on your family FaceTime call. Shira Ovide, Washington Post, 13 June 2023 Will my internet flake out this morning? Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 22 Mar. 2021 More substantively, selling to an iBuyer appeals to homeowners who prize convenience, need to sell quickly, and want to be certain that the buyer will consummate the transaction and not flake out. CBS News, 27 Dec. 2021 Temptation, flake out, and the what the hell effect are just a few of the many internal barriers to goal achievement that behavioral scientists have identified, ranging from self-doubt to bad habits. Katy Milkman, Time, 6 May 2021

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Word History


probably from dialect flake to lie, bask

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of flake out was in 1928

Dictionary Entries Near flake out

Cite this Entry

“Flake out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flake%20out. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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