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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Definitions for flit

  1. to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
  2. to flutter, as a bird.
  3. to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.

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Citations for flit
Dominion lasts until obtained -/ Possession just as long -/ But these - endowing as they flit/ Eternally belong. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), "Dominion lasts until obtained," 1945
At every stop, she flits like a firefly -- alighting here, glowing with charm, then moving on to another voter. Helen Thorpe, "Bill Bradley's Secret Weapon," New York, 2000
Origin of flit
Flit entered English around 1200, and can be traced to the Old Norse flytja meaning "to carry, convey."