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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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 Between the strobe-like flashing billboards, the frisky Elmos, and the overly aggressive Nuts4Nuts hawkers, New York’s buzzing heartbeat has become a parody of itself, all chaos and no cool. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Two Very Big Reasons You Should Do Your Holiday Shopping in Midtown Manhattan," 20 Nov. 2018 Tunnel through the swarm and razzle-dazzle, the urgent flashing cries for everything from Asahi to fugu (blowfish) joints, and make your way to the comparatively sedate red-on-yellow façade of Creo-ru. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 These quiet spaces tend to be outfitted in natural elements that give the senses a break from the concrete, glass and flashing screens that typically surround droopy-eyed workers. Ashley Mateo, WSJ, "Are $15 Nap Breaks the New Lunch Breaks?," 29 Aug. 2018 The big showcase destination, the lost city of Atlantis, has been converted to a casino, where winged beasts and dark lords sit dead-eyed in front of flashing slot machines. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Monsters go on vacation in 'Hotel Transylvania 3'," 12 July 2018 The second installment of the chorus is met with the flashing of a blinding light and symmetrical shots of the dancers walking in a triangular shape. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Alessia Cara Drops Dystopian 'Growing Pains' Music Video: Watch," 20 June 2018 When extended to full size (4.7 inches tall), the waterproof lantern — with hanging handle — provides low or high brightness plus an SOS flashing option. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 12 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of flashing

1782, in the meaning defined above

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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