flyfly1 /flaɪ/ ●●●S1W1 verb (past tense flew /fluː/, past participle flown /fləʊn $ floʊn/)1travel by plane [intransitive]TTA to travel by planeShe’s flying back to the States tomorrow.Will you take the train there or fly?Maurice is nervous about flying, so he usually travels overland.fly toThe prime minister will be flying to Delhi later today for a three-day visit.fly from/out of/in etcHe was arrested at Heathrow after flying from Brussels airport.Lewis stopped off in Jamaica before flying on to Toronto.2move through the air [intransitive]TTA if a plane, spacecraft etc flies, it moves through the airThe plane was attacked as it flew over restricted airspace.3control a plane [intransitive, transitive]TTA to be at the controls of a plane and direct it as it fliesShe was the first woman to fly Concorde.The pilot was instructed to fly the plane to Montreal airport.Sonny learnt to fly when he was 15.4send somebody/something by plane [transitive]TTA to take goods or people somewhere by planeThe injured boy was flown by air ambulance to the Royal London Hospital.fly something into/out of etc somethingUS planes have been flying food and medical supplies into the area.► see thesaurus at take5use air company/service [intransitive, transitive]TTA to use a particular airline or use a particular type of ticket when you travel by planeWe usually fly economy class.Millions of passengers fly British Airways every year.6cross sea by plane [transitive]TTA to cross a particular ocean or area of sea in a planeWho was the first person to fly the Atlantic?7birds/insects [intransitive]HBBHBI to move through the air using wingsThe mother bird will feed her chicks until they are able to fly.The evening air was clouded with mosquitoes and other flying insects.fly away/off/in etcAt that moment, a wasp flew in through the open window.The robin shook its feathers and flew away.8move somewhere quicklyHURRY [intransitive]a)to move somewhere quickly and suddenlyfly down/across/out of etcEllen flew across the room and greeted her uncle with a kiss.Rachel’s hand flew to her mouth.fly open/shutThe door flew open and a child rushed out.b)to move quickly and suddenly through the airThere was a loud explosion, and suddenly there was glass flying everywhere.William hit Jack on the head and sent his glasses flying.The ball bounced off the wall and went flying into the garden next door.9kite [transitive] to make a kite fly in the airIn the park people were walking their dogs or flying their kites.10 →(I) must fly11move freely [intransitive]MOVE something OR somebody to move freely and loosely in the airHarriet ran after him, her hair flying behind her.12flag [intransitive, transitive]ATTACH if a flag flies, or if you fly it, it is fixed to the top of a tallpole so that it can be easily seenAfter the invasion, people were forbidden to fly their national flag.The flags were flying cheerfully in the breeze.The government ordered that all flags should be flown at half mast (=halfway down the pole, in order to express public sadness at someone’s death).13 →fly the flag14 →time flies15 →fly into a rage/temper/panic etc16 →fly off the handle17 →let fly (something)18 →fly in the face of something19escape [transitive]ESCAPE formal to leave somewhere in order to escapeSYN fleeBy the time the police arrived, the men had flown.20 →be flying high21 →fly the nest22plan [intransitive] American EnglishUSEFUL a plan that will fly will be successful and usefulNews is that the plan for the new hotel isn’t going to fly.23 →fly a kite24 →go fly a kite25 →rumours/accusations etc are flying26 →fly the coop27 →fly by the seat of your pants → the bird has flownat bird(8), → as the crow fliesat crow1(3), → sparks flyat spark1(6)GrammarFly belongs to a group of verbs where the same noun can be the subject of the verb or its object. • You can say: He flew the plane across the desert. In this sentence, ‘the plane’ is the object of fly.• You can say: The plane flew across the desert. In this sentence, ‘the plane’ is the subject of fly. →fly at somebody→ See Verb table
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fly• My mother never liked flying.• Brenda's learning to fly.• I flew Aeroflot out of Moscow.• This is when the pilots who have been hibernating during the winter months get their gliders out and start flying again.• The bus was flying along when suddenly the driverslammed on the brakes.• Papers were flying around in the wind.• Fighterjetsfly at incredibly high speeds.• Stop flying before it becomes too windy to move or fly the glider.• By the end of the year he had converted to twin-engined fighters, joining 252 Squadron to fly Blenheim IVFs and Beaufighters.• The number of training sortiesflown by its pilots had dropped 7. 8 percent a year for nearly a decade.• We'll be flying from New York to Munich.• Stan flewhelicopters in Vietnam.• His company flew him to Rio to attend the conference.• Her long hair was flying in the wind.• Medical equipment and food are being flown into the areas worst hit by the disaster.• Some kids were flying kites in the park.• We're flyingnonstop from Milwaukee to Orlando.• I managed to roll clear just as it flew off into the air, never to be seen again.• Are you going to fly or drive?• Flocks of seagullsflewoverhead.• As I slowed down another car flew past me and turned to the left.• Her fa-ther stood up, and the magpie, delighted, flew round and round with a marvelous clatter.• Lindbergh was the first man to fly the Atlantic.• They were forced to fly the country in 1939.• The ship is flying the Dutch flag.• Her heart broke and her soulflew to heaven.• I'm not allowed to flyvisitors into the National Park area without permission.fly from/out of/in etc• Because I did not fly out in a high royalrage, and demand heads?• A more serious issue centers on the noise made by the Hunter and other remote-control planes that fly out ofFort Huachuca.• Absolutely irresistible, they're tipped as the sensation of the year and will fly out ofgarden centres this spring.• It catches the wind and flies out of her hand.• The molecule heading this way does not bounce off; instead it flies out of the balloon.• She spent the night at the Fairmont Hotel and was expected to fly out of the city early Friday.fly something into/out of etc something• But by the next day they were flying in and out of another nest box nearby on the pole by the fireplace.• His sons' friends came from the office or drove all night to be there or flew in from out of town.• The big black cluster flies come out of the same cracks at night if they see my light next to the bed.fly away/off/in etc• It peeked in, but then flew away.• Oh, now he's flown away.• Aikman even flew in a Dallas country-and-Western band to play at his 10-year high-school reunion in 1994.• I remembered that they had never flown in a light aircraft before today.• He flies in a private jet from concert to concert.• Many of the Minpins who had flown away a short while before were now returning on their birds.• Dust was flying in all directions, but I would have known that mug anywhere.• However desirable, that might fly in the face of everything the 1984 decree was about.went flying• Several of his cousins and brothers went flying.• So then I reached out and Katie went flying.• Diana pushed Raine, who went flying and fell forward on to her knees.• The doll and blanketwent flying, bounced off the far end of the block, and fell into the make-believeriver.• It tripped on a book and almost went flying, but it just succeeded in remainingupright.• Spitwent flying, seen by millions.at half mast• The ferry's flag flew at half mast as the probe went on at Cork's Ringaskiddy port.going to fly• Make sure that you are familiar with the systems in the aircraft you are going to fly.• Mitch was going to fly into a rage.• If you're not going to fly, remove it and store it in a dry spot.• However, if you are going to flysolo, refusing is the only sensible thing to do.• If Amelia were going to fly the Airster, she wanted to learn how to take it through all its paces.
fly• The sun was very bright; flies and insects buzzed on the litteredveranda.• There might be bees, but there are clearly no flies on old Mel.• Their heads were the size of flies and moved to and fro as they presumably spoke to one another.• There are three ground pegging points at each bellend and one on either side of the fly.• There was a moment of indecisivesilence, then rising voices, then the flies again.• The flies were swarming around the garbage cans.• Real fishermen know how to tieflies and cast them so that they dance over the water.• Your fly is unzipped.
fly• This is when the pilots who have been hibernating during the winter months get their gliders out and start flying again.• Stop flying before it becomes too windy to move or fly the glider.• By the end of the year he had converted to twin-engined fighters, joining 252 Squadron to fly Blenheim IVFs and Beaufighters.• The number of training sorties flown by its pilots had dropped 7. 8 percent a year for nearly a decade.• I managed to roll clear just as it flew off into the air, never to be seen again.• A revenuepassengermile is one paying passenger flown one mile.• Her fa-ther stood up, and the magpie, delighted, flew round and round with a marvelous clatter.• Her heart broke and her soul flew to heaven.flyfly4 adjective1informal very fashionable and attractiveWear something really fly for your Friday date.2British English old-fashionedINTELLIGENTclever and not easily trickedHe’s a bit of a fly character.
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fly• Of course you'd expect to find flyash at any period since people began burningcoal in quantity.• What makes fly fishing different from coarse and sea fishing is the way you cast.• If you go fly fishing you are normally wanting to catch either trout or salmon.• When fly fishing you only have the fly tied on the line.• When fly fishing you use an artificially made fly.• Mmm, that Sharlene is one fly girl.From King Business Dictionaryflyfly /flaɪ/ verb (past tense flew /fluː/, past participle flown /fləʊnfloʊn/)1[intransitive]TRAVEL to travel by planeFrom Belfast, British Airways Cargo flies to London Heathrow, Manchester and Glasgow.Mr McGovern always flies economy class.2TRANSPORT [transitive] to take goods or people to a place by planeIt was more cost-effective to fly the chemicals direct to each country.A waiting helicopter flew the president to his next meeting.3[intransitive] American EnglishMARKETING if a product or idea flies, it succeedsWe were never confident the system was going to fly.A product which the market has clearly rejected cannot be made to fly4fly in the face of something to be or do the opposite of what most people think is reasonable, sensible or normalA sales tax would fly in the face of EU moves towards greater standardisation of indirect taxes.She made a virtue of flying in the face of business convention.→ See Verb tableOriginfly31. Old English fleoge2. (1800-1900)FLY1fly4(1800-1900) Probably from FLY1