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Flake

Slang; in auto sales, a term for a non-creditworthy customer with a small or no down payment. Flake customers are very high risk for the seller, and likely will not obtain financing.
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Now Sunbeam, Breeze, Leaf, and Flake, fly back to the Seasons whence you came, and tell them that, thanks to their kind gifts, Ripple's work at last is done.
And every flake seemed larger, and appeared like a magnificent flower, or beautiful star; it was splendid to look at!
Big white flakes were whirling over everything and disappearing in the red grass.
Gradually the words seemed to melt and fade, as in a divine music; the child raised her deep eyes, and fixed them lovingly on him, and rays of warmth and comfort seemed to go from them to his heart; and, as if wafted on the music, she seemed to rise on shining wings, from which flakes and spangles of gold fell off like stars, and she was gone.
The cold, however, was severe; and by the time the second carriage was in motion, a few flakes of snow were finding their way down, and the sky had the appearance of being so overcharged as to want only a milder air to produce a very white world in a very short time.
This spectacle drove me back immediately; I took my hat, and, after a four-miles' walk, arrived at Heathcliff's garden-gate just in time to escape the first feathery flakes of a snow-shower.
The oxen had gone, and their spoor was obliterated by the fresh-fallen flakes.
There were several kinds of seals, some stretched on the earth, some on flakes of ice, many going in and out of the sea.
Rare white flakes ever and again came eddying down.
It was dropping off in flakes and raining down upon the sand.
As he struck the wall, pieces of stucco similar to that used in the ground work of arabesques broke off, and fell to the ground in flakes, exposing a large white stone.
The outgoing tide exposed star-fish and sea-urchins, and the children tried to catch the flakes of foam which the wind blew away.