or high-fly·ing

[ hahy-flahy-ing ]

  1. moving upward to or along at a considerable height: highflying planes.

  2. extravagant or extreme in aims, opinions, etc.; unduly lofty: highflying ideas about life.

  1. having a high cost or perceived value: the highflying glamour stocks.

Origin of highflying

First recorded in 1575–85; high + flying

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How to use highflying in a sentence

  • By "high-flying parties" one should doubtless understand those who wish to ascend the higher slopes.

    Tyrol and its People | Clive Holland
  • The tumbling habit was gradually bred out of the high-flying birds, and after a time many of them did not tumble at all.

    Our Domestic Birds | John H. Robinson
  • Over autumn woods, in a windy sky, high-flying crows were buffeted and blown about.

    The Dark Star | Robert W. Chambers
  • The Marshal de Broglio was appointed to their command—a high-flying aristocrat, cool, and capable of every thing.

  • Not so with poets, orators, and other human professors of the high-flying and cantatory arts.

    Days Off | Henry Van Dyke

British Dictionary definitions for high-flying


  1. having great ambition or ability

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