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fley

[fley]
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verb, fleyed, fley·ing. Chiefly Scot.
  1. to frighten; terrify.

Origin of fley

1175–1225; Middle English flaien, fleien, Old English -flīgan (in ā-flȳgan); cognate with Old Norse fleygia to cause to fly. Cf. fly1
Related formsfley·ed·ly [fley-id-lee] /ˈfleɪ ɪd li/, adverbfley·ed·ness, noun
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  • The two cottages, with plenty of room for the Fley's family and eight boys, with half an acre of garden at 11.

    Life of John Coleridge Patteson

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British Dictionary definitions for fley

fley

flay

verb Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. to be afraid or cause to be afraid
  2. (tr) to frighten away; scare

Word Origin

Old English āflēgan to put to flight; related to Old Norse fleygja
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