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The meaning of the word “flex”

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    Registered Users Posts: 6 ✭✭✭ SERYEONG LEE


    Hi I’m international student in Ireland. I’m asking about the meaning of the word “flex”. I know that It has two meaning. 1. Bend. 2. showing off. Do you guys use second meaning of flex frequently? and Could someone not know about second meaning??


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    Hi I’m international student in Ireland. I’m asking about the meaning of the word “flex”. I know that It has two meaning. 1. Bend. 2. showing off. Do you guys use second meaning of flex frequently? and Could someone not know about second meaning??

    Flex your muscles is kinda showing off your muscles but I can't see it meaning showing off in any other context. I'd say stick with bend.

    It also has a meaning in business to describe adaptability 'the team can flex in response to these changes'


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    Hi I’m international student in Ireland. I’m asking about the meaning of the word “flex”. I know that It has two meaning. 1. Bend. 2. showing off. Do you guys use second meaning of flex frequently? and Could someone not know about second meaning??
    Yes we use the second meaning a lot. Its possible an older person might not know the second meaning.

    But it doesn't just mean to gloat. It can ALSO mean to put up a fake front. Or to show off when you really have nothing to show off about.

    We say it like this.


    To flex on someone. Or what a flex. Subtle flex there guys.

    I bought a new car and decided to flex on my neighbors.

    Flexible though can mean to be bendy physically. someone who does gymnastics or yoga. Or it can mean someone who can adapt to a situation or who has a flexible mindset. It can mean you are flexible in negotiations.

    Where do you want to eat?

    I'm flexible enough. (wherever I dont mind).

    For a business deal . Is that your final offer or are you flexible?


    It means also to put up a fake front.

    He's just flexing because its a mid life crisis. Meaning he is gloating but he has no right to.


    Also to flex a muscle can mean more than just to bend. It means to force the muscle. Like in a bodybuilding pose.

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    It implies something more forceful than bending your arm. You are working the muscle harder.

    To flex a rod or wire etc means just to bend it. But to flex your arm implies something more forceful than just bending your arm. If someone says flex your arms or muscle it implies more force.

    Also some wire can be called a flex because it is bendable.


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    bilbot79 wrote: »
    Flex your muscles is kinda showing off your muscles but I can't see it meaning showing off in any other context. I'd say stick with bend.

    It's a pretty common slang for "to show off".

    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/flex?s=t
    FLEX [ fleks ]
    verb(used with object)
    1. to bend, as a part of the body:
      He flexed his arms to show off his muscles.
    2. to tighten (a muscle) by contraction.

      verb (used without object)
    3. to bend.
    4. Slang. to boast or brag; show off:
      In his rap lyrics he flexes about his fancy lifestyle.

      noun
    5. the act of flexing.
    6. Slang. a boast or brag:
      It's not a flex, but we have the best burgers here.


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