blinking


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blink

 (blĭngk)
v. blinked, blink·ing, blinks
v.intr.
1. To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
2. To look in astonishment or disbelief, typically with the eyes blinking: stood blinking at the money they found in the drawer; blinked at the results of the experiment.
3. To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint: blinked at the page trying to make out the letters.
4. To give off light with intermittent gleams; flash on and off: "blazing neon signs, brilliant shop windows, decorations blinking across the fronts of half-finished tower blocks" (Jess Row).
5. To pretend to be ignorant of; disregard or condone: a mayor who refused to blink at corruption.
6. To waver or back down, as in a contest of wills: "This was the first genuine, direct confrontation between this administration and the Soviets. It was the U.S.A. that blinked" (Zbigniew Brzezinski).
v.tr.
1. To cause to blink: blinked his eyes to clear his vision.
2. To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking: blinked back the tears.
3. To refuse to recognize or face: blink ugly facts.
4. To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
n.
1. The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
2. An instant: I'll be back in a blink.
3. Scots A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
4. A flash of light; a twinkle.
5. See iceblink.
Idioms:
in the blink of an eye
Very quickly.
on the blink
Out of working order.
without blinking an eye
Without showing any reaction.

[Probably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench1.]

blinking

(ˈblɪŋkɪŋ)
adj, adv
informal (intensifier): a blinking fool; a blinking good film.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blinking - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidlyblinking - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
palpebration - repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)
Adj.1.blinking - closing the eyes intermittently and rapidlyblinking - closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly; "he stood blinking in the bright sunlight"
shut, closed - used especially of mouth or eyes; "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight"
2.blinking - informal intensifiersblinking - informal intensifiers; "what a bally (or blinking) nuisance"; "a bloody fool"; "a crashing bore"; "you flaming idiot"
unmitigated - not diminished or moderated in intensity or severity; sometimes used as an intensifier; "unmitigated suffering"; "an unmitigated horror"; "an unmitigated lie"
Translations

blinking

[ˈblɪŋkɪŋ] ADJ (Brit) → maldito
you blinking idiot!¡imbécil!

blinking

[ˈblɪŋkɪŋ] adj (British) this blinking ... → ce fichu ..., ce sacré ...

blinking

adj (Brit inf) → verflixt (inf), → blöd (inf); what a blinking cheek!so eine bodenlose Frechheit! (inf); it’s about blinking time too!das wird aber auch Zeit! (inf)
advverflixt (inf)
n
(of eyes)Blinzeln nt, → Zwinkern nt
(of light)Blinken nt

blinking

[ˈblɪŋkɪŋ] adj (Brit) (fam) → dannato/a, maledetto/a
this blinking ... → questo maledetto...
References in classic literature ?
The Lapdog jumped into his master's lap, and lay there blinking while the Farmer stroked his ears.
He stretched himself on his back and looked straight up at the blinking stars.
Soon every house was blazing merrily, while the ancient fire-tender sat upright in the sunshine blinking at the destruction of his village.
Da Souza remained in his chair, his eyes blinking as though with the sun, and his hands gripping nervously the sides of his chair.
I'm so glad now that the screens didn't come," she murmured, blinking up at the stars; "else I couldn't have had this
Best of all, perhaps, he loved to lie near the fire, hind legs crouched under him, fore legs stretched out in front, head raised, and eyes blinking dreamily at the flames.
he said, and he caught me by the breast of the jacket, and looked this time straight into my eyes: his own were little and light, and bright like a bird's, blinking and winking strangely.
But as the official of the Embassy went on blinking at him steadily he felt constrained to add: "Allow me to observe that I have no means of action upon the police here.
No," answered the owner of the big yellow eyes which were blinking at them so steadily; "you are wrong about that.
People only think they need these things because they have been trained in fear instead of being trained in power and courage, just as the silly nurses tell children not to stare at the sun, and so they can't do it without blinking.
On a shelf over the window sat a great blue owl with a blue sunbonnet on her head, blinking her big round eyes at the visitors.
He stood red-faced and blinking, with his crooked arms outstretched, while a male hand, protruding from the window, kept piling up upon him a series of articles the sight of which filled the curious old ladies with bewilderment.