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highflier

or high-flier, highflyer, high-flyer

[hahy-flahy-er] /ˈhaɪˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who is extravagant or goes to extremes in aims, pretensions, opinions, etc.
2.
a person or thing that flies high.
3.
a stock, often speculative, whose price moves up or down widely.
Origin of highflier
1680-1690
First recorded in 1680-90; high + flier
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Examples from the Web for high-flyer
Historical Examples
  • "He must be a high-flyer of a cat," and the old man chuckled over his joke.

    The Bobbsey Twins

    Laura Lee Hope
  • I ain't no high-flyer myse'f. I fear'd ter shake han's wid you so fur off, Brer Rabbit.'

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • I aint no high-flyer myse'f. I fear'd ter shake han's wid you so fur off, Brer Rabbit.'

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • She certainly was not one of the high-flyer yachts which had been bought up for service in the Confederate navy.

    On The Blockade Oliver Optic
  • Here we have our author in evening dress, passing as a man of society at a banquet of the rich, shadowing a "high-flyer" crook.

British Dictionary definitions for high-flyer

high-flyer

noun
1.
a person who is extreme in aims, ambition, etc
2.
a person of great ability, esp in a career
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