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Flick

To strike with a quick jerk. To “flick a whip in one's face” is to strike the face with the lash and draw the whip suddenly back again. (Anglo-Saxon, fliccerian; Scotch, flicker; Danish, flikkeren, to twinkle, etc.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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