flash·​ing | \ ˈfla-shiŋ How to pronounce flashing (audio) \

Definition of flashing

: sheet metal used in waterproofing (as at roof valleys or hips or the angle between a chimney and a roof)

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Construction of the crosswalks and installation of rapid flashing lights will cost $93,250. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Bay Village passes ordinances and makes plans prior to council’s summer break," 9 July 2019 The Times reports Hastings was driving a black Ford Crown Victoria and pulled over an off-duty Lee County sheriff’s deputy using white and amber flashing lights. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man arrested for impersonating cop, pulling over off-duty cop: report," 5 July 2019 Police pulled behind the Infiniti and turned on its flashing lights and siren, according to the report, and the Infiniti decelerated and gradually slowed to a stop on the other side of the Mystic. Jeremy C. Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "2 men arrested on gun charges while headed to Encore casino ‘to win some money’," 3 July 2019 Other neighbors described their confusion after hearing a commotion Sunday night and seeing flashing lights. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Man kills four people in San Jose before turning the gun on himself," 24 June 2019 The bar is dark with colorful flashing lights, DJs, a stage and a ton of opportunities to dance. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "Here are 10 of the best LGBTQ-friendly bars in Cincinnati," 14 June 2019 The purple of the flashing lights makes white glow phosphorescent, so lots of people wear white to discos. Sally Helgesen, Harper's magazine, "Shadow Dancing," 10 June 2019 School bus drivers use their yellow flashing lights to warn motorists of an upcoming stop. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "What’s causing all these bus fires? Roadshow," 9 June 2019 Getty Images Getty Images The tongue-flashing was just a temporary pause in their otherwise sophisticated display, and the couple looked the picture of elegance and happiness two months after their lavish wedding celebrations. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Got Their Tongues Out at the Oscars Vanity Fair Party," 25 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of flashing

1782, in the meaning defined above

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