send flying

Cause to be knocked or scattered about, as in She bumped into the table and sent all the papers flying. This somewhat hyperbolic idiom was first recorded in 1789.


Nearby words

  1. senatorial district,
  2. senatus consultum,
  3. send,
  4. send away,
  5. send down,
  6. send for,
  7. send in,
  8. send off,
  9. send on,
  10. send out

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