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vava
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:28:33 AM
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"Photo! Photo!" they said, flicking the victory sign and posing with their weapons.

Eastern Libya out of Gaddafi's control - soldiers
Reuters


I thought to flash the victory sign is more correct. Or both are used?
thar
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:41:34 AM

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flick is any quick movement, so you can flick your fingers, flick a victory sign. It is not a particular collocation, it just means a quick movement.

one collocation is to flick a V-sign, which would normally mean the rude one!
guitar53
Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 12:22:26 PM

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I have used the word 'flip' as in flipping the bird (extended middle-finger, considered vulgar).
Flick was used to show finger movement closer to the action of shooting a marble or flicking the ashes off a cigarette.

60's terminology had: flashing the peace-sign
Bashou
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 6:55:08 AM
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thar wrote:
one collocation is to flick a V-sign, which would normally mean the rude one!


you do not seem to refer to veto...
excaelis
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 1:58:51 PM

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I would generally be more inclined to use " flash " in this context.
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