- 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to move through the air, using wings A hawk flew in circles above the field. A wasp had flown in through the window. aircraft/spacecraft
- 2 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (of an aircraft or a spacecraft) to move through air or space They were on a plane flying from Washington to New York. to fly at the speed of sound Northwest flies from Minneapolis to Seattle.
- 3[intransitive] to travel in an aircraft or a spacecraft Is this the first time that you've flown? fly (from…) (to…) I'm flying to Hong Kong tomorrow. + noun I always fly business class. We're flying Delta.
- 4[transitive, intransitive] fly (something) to control an aircraft, etc. in the air a pilot trained to fly large passenger planes children flying kites He's learning to fly.
- 5[transitive] + adv./prep. to transport goods or passengers in a plane The stranded tourists were finally flown home. He had flowers specially flown in for the ceremony.
- 6[transitive] fly something to travel over an ocean or area of land in an aircraft to fly the Atlantic move quickly/suddenly
- 7[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to go or move quickly The train was flying along. She gasped and her hand flew to her mouth. It's late—I've got to fly.
- 8[intransitive] to move suddenly and with force (+ adv./prep.) A large stone came flying in through the window. Several people were hit by flying glass. + adj. David gave the door a kick and it flew open. of time
- 9 [intransitive] to seem to pass very quickly Doesn't time fly? fly by/past This summer just flew by. flag
- 10[intransitive, transitive] if a flag flies, or if you fly it, it is displayed, for example on a long pole Flags were flying at half mast on all public buildings. fly something to fly the Stars and Stripes move freely
- 11[intransitive] to move around freely hair flying in the wind of stories/rumors
- 12[intransitive] to be talked about by many people escape
- 13[transitive, intransitive] fly (something) (formal) to escape from someone or something Both suspects have flown the country. compare flee of plan
- 14 [intransitive] (informal) to be successful It remains to be seen whether his project will fly. in baseball
- 15(flies, flying, flied, flied) [intransitive, transitive] fly (something) to hit a ball high into the air Idioms
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NAmE//flaɪ//In sense 15 flied is used for the past tense and past participle.Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fly
he / she / it flies
past simple flew
past participle flown
-ing form flying
in a straight line The villages are no more than a mile apart as the crow flies.
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to act without careful thought and without a plan that you have made in advance, hoping that you will be lucky and be successful synonym wing it
(fly) by the seat of your pants(informal)jump to other results
to escape from a place
fly the coop(informal)jump to other results
to show your support for your country, an organization, or an idea to encourage or persuade others to do the same
fly/show/wave the flagjump to other results
to be successful The rapper has been flying high recently, winning several coveted awards.
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to oppose or be the opposite of something that is usual or expected Such a proposal flies in the face of common sense.
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to become suddenly very angry
fly into a rage, temper, etc.jump to other results
to suddenly become very angry He seems to fly off the handle at the slightest thing these days.
fly off the handle(informal)jump to other results
to stop existing; to disappear completely As soon as the kids arrived, peace went out the window.
fly/go (right) out the window(informal)jump to other results
to fall, especially as a result of not seeing something under your feet She tripped over the rug and went flying.
go flying(informal)jump to other results
used to tell someone to go away and stop annoying you or interfering
go fly a kite(informal)jump to other results
to represent your country or organization Our exporters keep the flag flying at international trade exhibitions.
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to attack someone by hitting them or speaking angrily to them He let fly at me with his fist. She let fly with a stream of abuse.
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time seems to pass very quickly How time flies! I have to go now. Time has flown since the vacation began. This phrase is a translation of the Latin “tempus fugit.”
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used to show that you do not believe something will ever happen “With any luck, we'll be finished tomorrow.” “Yeah, when pigs fly!” Phrasal Verbsfly at somebody
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