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    He ''flicked it open''

    ''Flicked it open''
    Does this expression mean he batted such cigarette lighter when it was open, or just that he hitted to open it?

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    re: He ''flicked it open''

    A cigarette lighter like this one usually has its cover opened by a flick of the thumb.

    flick

    [transitive verb]
    to make something move quickly and suddenly, especially with a quick movement of the hand. He flicked a speck of cigarette ash off his sleeve.

    flick something over/across/at/into/back/down etc.: She flicked back her long dark hair.

    flick something open: He flicked open the file in front of him.
    (Macmillan)

    Does the Portuguese estalar work for you?

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    Re: He ''flicked it open''

    ''flicked it open'', the entire phrase is a doubt for me : Did the author take out ''until'' from the middle of the sentence?

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    Re: He ''flicked it open''

    Quote Originally Posted by WilliamRota View Post
    ''flicked it open'', the entire phrase is a doubt for me : Did the author take out ''until'' from the middle of the sentence?
    What place could "until" possibly have in that phrase?

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    Re: He ''flicked it open''

    There is nothing missing. Do you understand what I mean when I say "He kicked the door open", which could be shortened to "He kicked it open"?

    This might help - here is a video of a man "flicking open his Zippo lighter" (ignore the rest of the video after the first couple of times he shows at full speed and in slow motion how he opens it).
    He has a lighter. He flicked his lighter open. He flicked it open.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: He ''flicked it open''

    No, I didn't. Kicked the door open sounds as it is already open, and you just kicked it lol

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    Re: He ''flicked it open''

    No. If the door was already open and I kicked it, I would say "I kicked the open door". The position of the adjective makes a big difference.

    "I kicked the door open" means "The door was in a closed position and then I kicked it into an open position".

    I slammed my book shut.
    I hurled the door open.
    I slammed the phone down.
    I pulled the fridge door open.
    He tore the painting down.
    She nudged the door open.
    He slammed the window shut.
    She snapped the box open.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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