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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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