Discharge a missile or fire a weapon; also, attack verbally. For example, He let fly a rotten egg at the speaker, or They let fly some insults laced with four-letter words. The first usage dates from about a.d. 1000, the second from the late 1500s.
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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