verb (used without object), flew or for 11, 19, flied, flown, fly·ing.
- to bat a fly ball: He flied into right field.
- to fly out.
verb (used with object), flew or for 11, 19, flied, flown, fly·ing.
- 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.
noun, plural 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).
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Idioms for fly
- to operate an airplane, especially during conditions of poor visibility, relying solely on instruments for guidance.
- to proceed with a complex task in the absence of directions by using one's own ability to determine what procedures to follow.
- to put up with or get used to matters as they stand.
- to confine oneself to one's own affairs.
- to cease being a nuisance: If she gets mad enough she'll tell me to go fly a kite.
- to hurl or propel (a weapon, missile, etc.).
- to give free rein to an emotion: She let fly with a barrage of angry words.
- during flight; before falling to the ground: to catch a baseball on the fly.
- hurriedly; without pausing: We had dinner on the fly.
Origin of fly1
SYNONYMS FOR fly
OTHER WORDS FROM fly
Words nearby fly
Definition for fly (2 of 3)
noun, plural flies.
Origin of fly2
OTHER WORDS FROM flyfly·less, adjective
Definition for fly (3 of 3)
adjective British Informal.
Origin of fly3
Example sentences from the Web for fly
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.
It was in one of his fits of rage and remorse that Charley had asked Cherrie to fly with him.A Changed Heart|May Agnes Fleming
He will fly back southeast along the lakeshore to the meeting place.Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1930|Victor Rousseau
They were to fly the American flag; that, too, should mean a subsidy.The President|Alfred Henry Lewis
Sam was already on the run, and, coming to the turn in the road, he let fly several snowballs.The Rover Boys on a Tour|Arthur M. Winfield
In captivity, having no web, it actually flees before its prey, and has not the resolution to confront a fly.The Insect|Jules Michelet
British Dictionary definitions for fly (1 of 3)
verb flies, flying, flew or flown
- 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)
noun plural flies
- 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