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flake

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He who never made a mistake, never made a discovery.
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Etymology 1

Old English

Noun

Singular
flake

Plural
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  1. A loose filmy mass or a thin chiplike layer of anything; a film; flock; lamina; layer; scale; as, a flake of snow, paint, or fish.
  2. (archaeology) A prehistoric tool chipped out of stone.
  3. (informal) A person who is impractical, flighty, unreliable, or inconsistent; especially with maintaining a living.
    She makes pleasant conversation, but she's kind of a flake when it comes time for action.
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Verb

Infinitive
to flake

Third person singular
flakes

Simple past
flaked

Past participle
-

Present participle
flaking

to flake (third-person singular simple present flakes, present participle flaking, simple past and past participle flaked)
  1. To break or chip off in a flake.
    The paint flaked off after only a year.
  2. (colloquial) To prove unreliable or impractical; to abandon or desert, to fail to follow through.
    He said he'd come and help, but he flaked.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To store an item such as rope in layers
    The line is flaked into the container for easy attachment and deployment.
  4. (Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) to hit (another person).
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Etymology 2

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Noun

Singular
flake

Plural
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  1. (Australia) The meat of the gummy shark.

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