Blinking



(used as an intensifier):
He’s a blinking idiot.
to open and close the eye, especially involuntarily; wink rapidly and repeatedly.
to look with winking or half-shut eyes:
I blinked at the harsh morning light.
to be startled, surprised, or dismayed (usually followed by at):
She blinked at his sudden fury.
to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often followed by at):
to blink at another’s eccentricities.
to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle:
The light on the buoy blinked in the distance.
to open and close (the eye or eyes), usually rapidly and repeatedly; wink:
She blinked her eyes in an effort to wake up.
to cause (something) to blink:
We blinked the flashlight frantically, but there was no response.
to ignore deliberately; evade; shirk.
an act of blinking:
The faithful blink of the lighthouse.
a gleam; glimmer:
There was not a blink of light anywhere.
Chiefly Scot. a glance or glimpse.
Meteorology.

iceblink.
snowblink.

on the blink, not in proper working order; in need of repair:
The washing machine is on the blink again.
Contemporary Examples

Arab Spring Comment Was a Romney Love Letter to the Israeli Right Wing Michael Tomasky July 27, 2012
Inside a Syrian Rebel City: FSA Restores Tentative Order to Al Bab Erin Banco August 20, 2012
Bush’s Rose-Colored Glasses Richard Wolffe November 12, 2009
What Obama Should Say on Monday Paul Begala January 20, 2013
George Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution’s Dramatic Closing Arguments Jacqui Goddard July 10, 2013

Historical Examples

Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
Shoe-Bar Stratton Joseph Bushnell Ames
Good Indian B. M. Bower
The Damnation of Theron Ware Harold Frederic

adjective, adverb
(informal) (intensifier): a blinking fool, a blinking good film
verb
to close and immediately reopen (the eyes or an eye), usually involuntarily
(intransitive) to look with the eyes partially closed, as in strong sunlight
to shine intermittently, as in signalling, or unsteadily
(transitive; foll by away, from, etc) to clear the eyes of (dust, tears, etc)
when tr, usually foll by at. to be surprised or amazed: he blinked at the splendour of the ceremony
when intr, foll by at. to pretend not to know or see (a fault, injustice, etc)
noun
the act or an instance of blinking
a glance; glimpse
short for iceblink (sense 1)
(slang) on the blink, not working properly
v.
n.
see: on the blink

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