streak·​ing | \ ˈstrē-kiŋ How to pronounce streaking (audio) \

Definition of streaking

: the lightening (as by chemicals) of a few long strands of hair to produce a streaked effect

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Barrett added a three-point play and Williamson threw a one-handed bounce pass to a streaking Jones for an easy layup as Duke led 44-36 at the break. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Williamson, Duke survive UCF’s late misses, reach Sweet 16," 25 Mar. 2019 Similarly, a comet or meteor streaking across the sky might have looked very snakelike to superstitious Norsemen, who likely would have viewed them as manifestations of Jormungand. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "“Wolf’s jaw” star cluster may have inspired parts of Ragnarök myth," 16 Nov. 2018 For cleaning, use a wet sponge to wipe down the counter with a mild soap-and-water mixture, and dry with a towel (too much soap in the solution will cause streaking). Elle Decor Staff, ELLE Decor, "How to Keep a Clean Kitchen," 28 Sep. 2011 Croatia’s Luka Modric passed from the halfway line to a streaking Ante Rebic. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Shootout Sunday: Croatia Follows Russia’s Lead and Wins on Penalty Kicks," 3 July 2018 In 2013, Russian dash cams captured a 10-ton meteor streaking across the sky before crashing to Earth. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dash cams capture it all, from bad driving to road trip photos," 23 Feb. 2018 Marina Mabrey then stripped Scott of the ball, ran after the turnover and fed a streaking Young for a 51-43 lead with 6:15 left in the third quarter. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: Notre Dame women cruise past Georgia Tech," 11 Feb. 2018 For now, at least, Earthlings can peer up at the night sky and look for a bright red dot streaking across space. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster Could Come Crashing Back to Earth One Day," 16 Feb. 2018 Look for goldfinch-sized finches with dark streaking over the body and yellow to cream-colored wing bars. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "American goldfinches sport a new look this time of year | Charlotte Observer," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of streaking

circa 1964, in the meaning defined above

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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