Idioms about fly
Origin of fly1
OTHER WORDS FROM flyflyless, adjective
Words nearby fly
Other definitions for fly (2 of 3)
- to bat a fly ball: He flied into right field.
- to fly out.
- to hang (scenery) above a stage by means of rigging supported by the gridiron.
- to raise (scenery) from the stage or acting area into the flies.
- (in some presses) the apparatus for removing the printed sheets to the delivery table.
- Also called flyboy. (formerly) a printer's devil employed to remove printed sheets from a press.
- the horizontal dimension of a flag as flown from a vertical staff.
- the end of the flag farther from the staff.Compare hoist (def. 7).
Origin of fly2
synonym study for fly
OTHER WORDS FROM fly
Other definitions for fly (3 of 3)
Origin of fly3
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What is a basic definition of fly?
Fly means to move through the air using wings or to be carried by the air. Fly also means to travel in a vehicle that can move through the air. As a noun, fly refers to several two-winged insects. Fly has many other senses as a verb and a noun.
Many birds and insects with wings are able to move through the air—that is, to fly. The wind or air currents can also make some items fly around without control, such as pieces of paper. The wind or other force blows these items around.
- Real-life examples: Birds, bats, and insects are all able to fly. Paper, confetti, plastic bags, and baseballs often fly through the air when a wind blows.
- Used in a sentence: Canada geese fly often south in the winter, resting in the same areas each year.
Humans can’t fly—not without help, at least. We can fly in airplanes, helicopters, and hot air balloons that fly through the air using air currents to travel.
- Used in a sentence: The airplane flew across the ocean.
As a noun, fly is used generally to refer to small winged insects. The insects in question usually belong to the Muscidae family, such as the housefly.
- Real-life examples: Flies are incredibly common and you have probably been annoyed by them during your life. Food and smelly garbage attracts flies. Spiders hunt and eat flies by trapping them in webs.
- Used in a sentence: He couldn’t concentrate on his work because of an irritating fly that kept landing on his head.
Where does fly come from?
The first records of the verb fly come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English verb flēogan. The noun fly is almost as old. The first records come from before 950. It ultimately comes from the Old English flēoge.
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What are some other forms related to fly?
- flyable (adjective)
- flyability (noun)
- nonflyable (adjective)
- reflyable (adjective)
- flyless (adjective)
What are some synonyms for fly?
What are some words that share a root or word element with fly?
What are some words that often get used in discussing fly?
How is fly used in real life?
Fly is a very common word that most often refers to moving through the air.
Just witnessed a bird fly full speed into glass, be unconscious and not breathing. Gave him CPR with a Starbucks straw and he came back! Crazy!
— Braden Bishop (@bradenbishop7) December 10, 2018
In fifteen minutes, I'm heading to the airport so I can fly to Chicago. I guess I should start packing.
— Michael Aranda (@michaelaranda) August 8, 2012
— Poetkisses (@poetkisses) February 18, 2021
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Is fly used correctly in the following sentence?
A caterpillar spends its life on the ground until it turns into a butterfly and uses its wings to fly through the air.
How to use fly in a sentence
The notion that Republican electoral victories require massive political inequality flies in the face of all kinds of common sense.
It also has a built-in can holder, as well as a large pocket for a phone and a small fly box.The Gear That Lets Me Enjoy the Last Days of Summer|Graham Averill|September 15, 2020|Outside Online
Eventually, the hatched queen flies off with about half the worker bees to start a new colony.Quacks and toots help young honeybee queens avoid deadly duels|Sharon Oosthoek|September 14, 2020|Science News For Students
Rather than figuring it out and building that plane as we fly it, we were in a position so to mold the clay that we have been getting already.Deep Dive: How the Summer of 2020 forced brand marketing to change for the better|jim cooper|September 14, 2020|Digiday
The day the derby began, dozens of cases were confirmed, with some isolated in a school building and at least 20 others flown out of town via helicopter.How a Swiss Ski Resort Was Ravaged by Typhoid and Survived|Daniel Malloy|September 9, 2020|Ozy
Andrew still plans to fly to Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum on January 21, representing the British government.
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Thus it attracted a wave of cowboy operators to fly passengers and cargo between cities.
Many of these are small operations that would never, in any case, fly beyond Indonesia.
Air traffic controllers and pilots together take great care not to fly in conditions that can jeopardize an airplane.
Aristide darted off like a dragon-fly in the sunshine, as happy as a child with a new toy.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
“Confound it, no;” rejoined Mr. Simmery, stopping for an instant to smash a fly with the ruler.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
They must be kept away from flies—a fly can work havoc with a film in a few minutes.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
The non-elastic character of water made it unsuitable for a machine requiring a fly-wheel.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2)|Francis Trevithick
What of the infinite goodness of God in teaching the grub of the ichneumon-fly to eat up the cabbage caterpillar alive?God and my Neighbour|Robert Blatchford
British Dictionary definitions for fly (1 of 3)
- to procure money by an accommodation bill
- to release information or take a step in order to test public opinion
- to have a high aim
- to prosper or flourish
- to lose one's temper (with a person)she really let fly at him
- to shoot or throw (an object)
- a flap forming the entrance to a tent
- a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof
- the outer edge of a flag
- the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staffCompare hoist (def. 9)
- a device for transferring printed sheets from the press to a flat pile
- Also called: flyhand a person who collects and stacks printed matter from a printing press
- a piece of paper folded once to make four pages, with printing only on the first page