flash·​ing | \ ˈfla-shiŋ \

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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Venezuela should serve as a flashing, red-light warning of the danger of socialism and giving the government too much control of one’s life. WSJ, "Only Venezuelans Can Solve Their Problems," 16 Oct. 2018 The doors at Mardi Gras World were propped open Tuesday (May 8), and a flashing signed beckoned visitors to parking. Hanna Krueger, NOLA.com, "Mardi Gras World closed for business as engineers assess damage," 8 May 2018 Less than an hour later, an ambulance with flashing lights pulled up to the airport. Danica Coto, The Seattle Times, "A year after Maria, Puerto Rican kidney patients fear death," 18 Sep. 2018 Plowden, behind the wheel of the Hyundai, drove off at high speed west on Nedro, pursued by Ruch’s car with its front light flashing, and the second unmarked car and marked police cars. Julie Shaw, Philly.com, "6 months after Philly police shot unarmed man, widow still seeks answers," 27 June 2018 Driving in a straight line with a turn signal flashing is not against the law, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Drivers and signals don't always work together | Dash Cam Derby Video," 20 Feb. 2018 My goal of having signs at the ticket counter was reached so that people can be warned about the flashing lights in Incredibles 2. Jennifer Earl, Fox News, "Disney warns 'Incredibles 2' moviegoers about seizure risk after fan's plea goes viral," 18 June 2018 Shortly after, Disbro activated his flashing lights and attempted to pull the troopers over, DPS said in a news release. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "DPS: Man impersonating officer arrested after attempting to pull over troopers," 12 July 2018 Hundreds of drones, set to wow viewers with a patriotic display of flashing lights in the sky, were grounded Wednesday by windy conditions. Ryan Suppe, USA TODAY, "Intel postpones Fourth of July drone light show due to windy conditions," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of flashing

1782, in the meaning defined above

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to deny responsibility for

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