thumb through

thumb through
thumb through (something) to quickly look at a pile of papers or the pages of a magazine or book.

Quinn thumbed through his messages until he found the slip with Ritter's phone number on it.

Bella had to wait for Jill so she passed the time thumbing through magazines.


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  • thumb through — ˈthumb through [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they thumb through he/she/it thumbs through present participle thumbing through past tense thumbed through …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumb through — index read Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • thumb through — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms thumb through : present tense I/you/we/they thumb through he/she/it thumbs through present participle thumbing through past tense thumbed through past participle thumbed through thumb through something to… …   English dictionary

  • thumb through — PHRASAL VERB If you thumb through something such as a book or magazine, you turn the pages quickly rather than reading each page carefully. [V P n] He thumbed through a couple of pages, feigning just a slight interest... [V P n] In a second, he… …   English dictionary

  • thumb through something — thumb through (something) to quickly look at a pile of papers or the pages of a magazine or book. Quinn thumbed through his messages until he found the slip with Ritter s phone number on it. Bella had to wait for Jill so she passed the time… …   New idioms dictionary

  • thumb through something — ˈthumb through sth derived to turn the pages of a book quickly in order to get a general idea of what is in it • I was thumbing through my address book to see who we could invite. Main entry: ↑thumbderived …   Useful english dictionary

  • thumb through — Synonyms and related words: browse, dip into, examine cursorily, flip, give the once over, glance at, glance over, glance through, page through, pass over lightly, run over, run through, scan, skim, skim over, skip over, slip through, slur, slur… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • thumb through — {v. phr.} To examine superficially; read cursorily. * /I have read War and Peace but Fran has only thumbed through it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • thumb through — {v. phr.} To examine superficially; read cursorily. * /I have read War and Peace but Fran has only thumbed through it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • thumb\ through — v. phr. To examine superficially; read cursorily. I have read War and Peace but Fran has only thumbed through it …   Словарь американских идиом

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