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Pronunciation /fleks/ /flɛks/

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verb

  • 1(with reference to a limb or joint) bend or become bent.

    with object ‘she saw him flex his ankle and wince’
    • ‘it's important to prevent the damaged wrist from flexing’
    bend, curve, crook, hook, cock, angle, kink, buckle, double up
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    1. 1.1with object Cause (a muscle) to stand out by contracting or tensing it.
      • ‘a group of bodybuilders flexed their muscles’
      tighten, tauten, make taut, tense, tense up, tension, contract, stiffen, brace, knot
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    2. 1.2no object (of a muscle) contract or be tensed.
      • ‘a muscle flexed in his jaw’
    3. 1.3no object (of a material) be capable of warping or bending and then reverting to shape.
      • ‘set windows in rubber so they flex during an earthquake’
  • 2with object Put a (skill, talent, or ability) to use.

    ‘the talks were seen as a way for Merkel to flex her well-known diplomatic prowess’
    • ‘Lewis routinely beat him to the punch, pelted him with leg kicks and flexed his superiority in the clinch.’
    • ‘The actress flexed her creative writing skills.’
    • ‘The manufacturer flexed its financial muscle during the 2018 electoral cycle through large contributions to outside groups and party committees.’
    • ‘She flexed her DIY magic, creating a custom dress that features a plunging neckline, sequin embroidery, and a dramatic train drenched in black feathers.’
    • ‘He flexed his design skills and had a hand in crafting the ring, as he said it was a ‘labour of love’.’
    • ‘During the interview, Peter flexed his funny bone.’
    • ‘The team flexed their offensive muscle when it mattered most and posted a convincing 6-3 rout.’
    • ‘He's flexed his musical talents, as we've heard on the show several times.’
    • ‘He's flexed a scoring prowess this season that few can rival.’
    • ‘It was reported the show brought 1.5 million people to the streaming platform, as it flexed its popularity hard.’
    1. 2.1US informal Show (something) off; flaunt.
      • ‘she flexes her power and success with a flick of her diamond-braceleted wrist’
      • ‘The sitcom continues to flex its staying power among viewers.’
      • ‘She flexed her success in a heavily male-dominated genre.’
      • ‘Displaying tiger skins has become a way to flex one's power and wealth.’
      • ‘He went to social media last night to flex his wealth to the masses.’
      • ‘She flexed her wealth with flashy cars and expensive designer purchases.’
      • ‘He had a stack of cash in his hand, ready to flex his money.’
      • ‘ He enjoys getting drunk and flexing the amount of money he has in his wallet.’
      • ‘The company will eventually be able to flex its premium brand and consistently command a 25% gross profit margin.’
      • ‘The singer flexed the instant success of her single.’
      • ‘There's truly no better reason to join social media than to flex all your success.’

noun

  • 1The action or state of flexing.

    ‘add rigidity and eliminate brake flex’
    • ‘The front fenders can also help to eliminate flex.’
    • ‘Flex is a problem when sharpening knives.’
    • ‘The front wheels take most of the force, so I don't think flex on the rear is much of a concern.’
    • ‘ If chassis flex is a problem, I am sure it would be easy enough to brace up with some pieces of aluminum.’
    • ‘Glass is then placed over the solar cells to eliminate flex or physical damage to the solar cells.’
    • ‘This new Kenda has low, square knobs that eliminate knob flex and give positive, predictable traction on even the hardest surfaces.’
    • ‘The idea is to stabilize the scope tube and eliminate tube flex, which is still disaster for a scope.’
    • ‘The design adds tremendous strength to your whitewater stroke while retaining perfect flex.’
    • ‘It's also extremely supple and fast, boasting lots of flex and weighing just 10.2 ounces.’
    • ‘A ski this light with such forgiving flex would normally chatter out at the apex of a turn.’
    • ‘There's just enough flex for smoothing out chunky, frozen corn without being too soft for belly-drag carves.’
    • ‘ICC regulations state that pace bowlers are allowed 10 degrees of flex, medium pacers 7 1/2 degrees and spinners five.’
    • ‘For starters, the chainstays and seatstays have very nice dampening properties due to their S-Bend design, yet retain their ability to deflect torsional flex.’
    • ‘It should combine a powerful butt with sufficient tip flex for casting the intended lure.’
    • ‘In addition, the heel piece locks down in such a way that it cannot prerelease due to flex of the ski, and the touring heel lifter can't be inadvertently raised while downhill skiing.’
    • ‘Different strength springs providing different degrees of flex are available and selected according to the weight of the skier, not unlike an actual cross country ski.’
    • ‘One's shifts are laser-sharp every time, while the other's flex sometimes causes hesitation.’
    • ‘It is great at fighting flex, but it's heavy, ugly (in our opinion) and offers the fewest set up options offered by threadless stems.’
    • ‘The Revolver features a no-link rear dropout, so the entire rear triangle swings rigidly with only slight vertical flex required to follow the shock path.’
    • ‘Too much carbon wrapped around the barrel reduces the spring, making the bat too stiff, while an excess of fiberglass laid lengthwise would create too much flex.’
    • ‘While we wouldn't call it a noodle, it's not stunningly stiff: If you really yank on the hoods during a tough climb or torque the drops in a sprint, you feel flex.’
    • ‘Is farther or closer better for preventing flex?’
    • ‘And what design considerations were made to handle any flex?’
    • ‘It is stiff, but does allow enough flex for striding.’
    • ‘Surfers with experience pre-dating bodyboards are starting to re-investigate the limits of flex with custom surfmats.’
  • 2US informal A boastful statement or display.

    • ‘ridiculous flexes of exorbitant wealth’
    • ‘a sing-songy verse full of flexes and threats’
    • ‘She turned an insult about her looks into a flex about her music.’
    • ‘He responded with a flex about his company's profits.’
    • ‘Every post was a flex about having more than the next girl.’
    • ‘This jeweled belt is a major flex and worth every single cent.’
    • ‘She even does her own singing, which is a major flex no matter who you are.’
    • ‘She added a flex to her response by giving a tour of her massive kitchen.’
    • ‘He showed off his private jet in a major flex earlier today.’
    • ‘My comment was a flex on him because I actually have the badge and he doesn't.’
    • ‘The album was a flex on all of the people that doubted them.’
    • ‘What he is saying is totally unnecessary and is just a flex.’

Origin

Early 16th century from Latin flex- ‘bent’, from the verb flectere.

Main definitions of flex in English

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flex2

Pronunciation /fleks/ /flɛks/

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Translate flex into Spanish

noun

British
  • A flexible insulated cable used for carrying electric current to an appliance.

    cable, wire, lead, extension
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Origin

Early 20th century abbreviation of flexible.