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fly1 /flaɪ/USA pronunciation v., flew/flu/USA pronunciationor, for11,flied, flown/floʊn/,USA pronunciationfly•ing,n., pl. flies.

v. 
  • [no object] to move through the air using wings:Outside the birds were flying.
  • [no object] to be carried or move through the air or through space by any force or agency:The jet can fly at the speed of sound.
  • Aeronautics[no object] to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft:The family flew to California.
  • Aeronauticsto operate an aircraft or spacecraft: [no object]The pilot flew to Hawaii.[+ object]The pilot flew a variety of aircraft.
  • Aeronautics, Aerospace[+ object] to operate an aircraft or spacecraft over (an area):to fly the Pacific.
  • Aeronautics[+ object] to transport or convey by air:The army flew him to its secret base.
  • to (cause to) float or flutter in the air: [no object]The king's banner flew over his tent.[+ object]He tried to fly his kite.
  • [no object] to pass swiftly:How time flies!
  • [no object] to move with often sudden swiftness:cars flying by us; flew into a rage.
  • [no object] to flee;
    escape:He was warned to fly from the sheriff's wrath.
  • Sport[no object] to bat a fly ball in baseball:The last hitter flied to right field.
  • Informal Terms[no object][Informal.]to be believable or feasible:It seemed like a good idea, but it just wouldn't fly.
  • fly at, [+ at + object] to attack suddenly:flew at him and scratched his face.

  • n. [countable]
  • Clothinga fold of material that conceals fasteners in a garment opening.
  • a flap forming the door of a tent.
  • Sportfly ball.flyball
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsfly high, [no obj] to be full of happiness or excitement:The workers were all flying high until the bad news arrived.
    2. Idiomsfly in the face or teeth of, [ + obj] to act in defiance of:to fly in the face of tradition.
    3. Idiomsfly off the handle, [no obj][Informal.]to become very angry, esp. without warning.
    4. let fly: 
      • to hurl or propel (an object): [no object]let fly with several snowballs.[let + ~ + object]She let fly a few snowballs.
      • [no object] to let one's anger out:let fly with an insult.
    5. Idiomson the fly, hurriedly:We had dinner on the fly.


    fly2 /flaɪ/USA pronunciation n. [countable],pl. flies.
    1. Insectsa two-winged insect, such as the common housefly.
    2. Sporta fishing lure dressed to resemble an insect or small fish.
    idiom
    1. Idiomsfly in the ointment, something that spoils an otherwise pleasant thing:The fly in the ointment is that there is no money to finish the job.



    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    fly /flaɪ/ vb (flies, flying, flew, flown)
    1. (intransitive) (of birds, aircraft, etc) to move through the air in a controlled manner using aerodynamic forces
    2. to travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft
    3. to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft)
    4. to float, flutter, or be displayed in the air or cause to float, etc, in this way: to fly a kite, they flew the flag
    5. to transport or be transported by or through the air by aircraft, wind, etc
    6. (intransitive) to move or be moved very quickly, forcibly, or suddenly: she came flying towards me, the door flew open
    7. (intransitive) to pass swiftly: time flies
    8. to escape from (an enemy, place, etc); flee
    9. (intr; may be followed by at or upon) to attack a person
    10. fly a kiteto procure money by an accommodation bill
    11. to release information or take a step in order to test public opinion
    12. fly highinformal to have a high aim
    13. to prosper or flourish
    14. fly the coopUS Canadian informal to leave suddenly
    15. let flyinformal to lose one's temper (with a person): she really let fly at him
    16. to shoot or throw (an object)
    n ( pl flies)
    1. Also called: fly front (often plural) a closure that conceals a zip, buttons, or other fastening, by having one side overlapping, as on trousers

    2. Also called: fly sheet a flap forming the entrance to a tent
    3. a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof
    4. the outer edge of a flag
    5. the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staff
    6. Brit a light one-horse covered carriage formerly let out on hire
    7. (plural) the space above the stage out of view of the audience, used for storing scenery, etc
    8. rare the act of flying
    Etymology: Old English flēogan; related to Old Frisian fliāga, Old High German fliogan, Old Norse fljūga

    ˈflyable adj
    fly /flaɪ/ n ( pl flies)
    1. any dipterous insect, esp the housefly, characterized by active flight
    2. any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the caddis fly, firefly, dragonfly, and chalcid fly
    3. a lure made from a fish-hook dressed with feathers, tinsel, etc, to resemble any of various flies or nymphs: used in fly-fishing
    4. fly in the ointmentinformal a slight flaw that detracts from value, completeness, or enjoyment
    5. fly on the walla person who watches others, while not being noticed himself or herself
    6. there are no flies on himinformal he is no fool
    Etymology: Old English flēoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly1

    ˈflyless adj
    fly /flaɪ/ adj (flyer, flyest) slang
    1. chiefly Brit knowing and sharp; smart
    Etymology: 19th Century: of uncertain origin



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