highflier

or high-fli·er, high·fly·er, high-fly·er

[hahy-flahy-er]
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

First recorded in 1680–90; high + flier
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Examples from the Web for high-flyer

Historical Examples of high-flyer

  • "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

high-flier

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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