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or high-flier, highflyer, high-flyer

[hahy-flahy-er] /ˈhaɪˈflaɪ ər/
a person who is extravagant or goes to extremes in aims, pretensions, opinions, etc.
a person or thing that flies high.
a stock, often speculative, whose price moves up or down widely.
Origin of highflier
First recorded in 1680-90; high + flier Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for high flyer
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  • He is a high flyer, sailing about over our heads in the afternoon or evening.

    The Children's Book of Birds Olive Thorne Miller
  • I escorted them even to the sidewalk, and not without envy watched them sweep toward the Waldorf in the high flyer, 1915 model.

    The Log of The "Jolly Polly" Richard Harding Davis
  • I been a conductor on a railroad for nigh on fifteen years, an I tell you what, I been a high flyer.

  • It was true that he regarded Lantier as a bit of a high flyer.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
Slang definitions & phrases for high flyer

high flyer

noun phrase

A very adventuresome and impressive person (1690+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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