Adjective "fly" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a bird, bat, or insect) move through the air using wings.
  1. 'the bird can fly enormous distances'
  2. 'What was also surprising was the number of insects still flying and giving the birds a good meal.'
  3. 'He said the company does have occasional problems with birds flying into power cables but this area was not considered at high risk and no other similar incidents have been reported over the past year.'
  4. 'If the butterfly can fly free with its wings of iridescent color, gardeners should be allowed to do the same.'
  5. 'I was woken up this morning at half past five by quite the most enormous bumble bee flying around the bedroom.'
  6. 'Early this year, flowers bloomed ahead of time in spring and migrant birds flew back to the north earlier than usual.'
  7. 'He believes a bird flying over the garden could have dropped a sunflower seed which has now transformed into the large plant.'
  8. 'In rainy periods, when few insects are flying, the birds switch to ground feeding.'
  9. 'His eyes wandered slightly towards the windows, seeing several birds fly off into the distance.'
  10. 'It interests me for a few seconds until I realise that it is not music but the sound of a billion insects flying down from the mountain.'
  11. 'Lynx got up and went to the window, and barely saw a black bird flying off into the distance.'
  12. 'In addition, the newer aircraft can fly higher and have a greater range than the older planes.'
  13. 'One aircraft flying from Heathrow to Geneva had to divert into Lyon because bad weather meant it could not land.'
  14. 'Unbeknown to the pilot, the altimeter had been damaged and the aircraft was flying very low.'
  15. 'When an airplane is flying, it has a good deal of forward speed and airflow over all of its surfaces.'
  16. 'If anyone stuck in their car looked up, they could see airplanes flying low as they took off from the airport.'
  17. 'After nearly nine months of work, he said that it was very pleasing to see the aircraft flying once again.'
  18. 'Then after that we saw 7 airplanes flying around in the sky.'
  19. 'Planes burn less fuel at higher altitudes, so pilots often fly at higher altitudes on long flights.'
  20. 'The aircraft flew to New York and back twice between July 21 and the final takeoff on July 25.'
  21. 'And apart from the noise of helicopters flying overhead, there was no indication, even from a couple of streets away, that there was any trouble.'
  22. 'he flew Hurricanes in the war'
  23. 'The nearest aircraft was regularly flown by Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton.'
  24. 'I will be wearing standard US issue flight gear, and I will be flying a navy aircraft clearly marked as a US warplane.'
  25. 'Mr Hitchins, who had more experience flying gliders than aircraft, had not flown to Wadswick before so invited Mr Moore to come with him.'
  26. 'The foundation of a successful aviation career is a burning desire to fly airplanes.'
  27. 'We know that you served as an Air Force Academy liaison officer when you weren't flying airliners.'
  28. 'The aircraft is flown by two pilots rather than four aircrew.'
  29. 'However, it was not unusual for a pilot with an assigned aircraft to fly whatever aircraft was serviceable on any given day.'
  30. 'The location of the engines, high on the fuselage, allows the pilot to fly the aircraft fairly easily with one engine inoperable.'
  31. 'Then again, you'll have to admit, the men who fly our modern airliners are experts - they have to be!'
  32. 'The aircraft is flown by five crew members: the pilot and co-pilot, flight engineer and two loadmasters.'
  33. 'He was flown by police helicopter to Hull Royal Infirmary, where he underwent emergency surgery to remove the post from his chest.'
  34. 'Paramedics had to call out an RAF helicopter to fly a seriously ill baby 200 miles from Rochdale to an intensive care bed in London.'
  35. 'Shortly after their birth, the children were flown by helicopter to the world renowned Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for observation and treatment.'
  36. 'But he asked, apparently, for a helicopter to fly him in every day from wherever he was, and they bounced him.'
  37. 'The injured boy was flown by helicopter to hospital, where he was treated for multiple bites to the arms and legs.'
  38. 'Jim applied for the job, took a test, and was one of four finalists who were flown out for an interview with Bill.'
  39. 'Then in January, Ramsey was flown to Toronto, along with other finalists, for a final round of interviews at the Bank of Montreal's Institute for Learning.'
  40. 'The exiled militants were flown by British military transport to the Mediterranean island of Cyprus were they were put up at a seaside hotel under police guard.'
  41. 'After his aborted sentencing hearing, he was escorted from the courtroom by his guards and boarded the helicopter to be flown back to his cell.'
  42. 'After a motorcade ride to Dulles, the turkeys were flown to California to their new home at Disneyland.'
  43. 'pilots trained to fly combat missions'
  44. 'It was the first time since the Vietnam War that Royal Australian Air Force aircraft have flown close air support missions in support of Australian ground troops in a war zone.'
  45. 'During wartime service in the Pacific, he flew fifty-eight combat missions.'
  46. 'They went along to keep an eye out for Air Force pilots flying the strike mission.'
  47. 'He'd flown combat missions in Vietnam and was one of the few aircrew members with combat experience.'
  48. 'He said his father was also training Peruvian pilots to fly combat missions.'
  49. 'In 1944, as a civilian, he flew fifty combat missions in the Pacific theater and shot down one Japanese fighter.'
  50. 'I am curious why you used a call sign name to identify a Guard pilot flying homeland defense missions.'
  51. 'Aid agencies begged for more air transport as a handful of exhausted helicopter crews flew non-stop missions.'
  52. 'He was a skilled pilot who had flown combat missions with the Royal Naval Air Service in World War I.'
  53. 'It noted that aircraft from Ark Royal and Eagle had flown by then nearly a thousand surveillance sorties.'
  54. 'He was prepared to provide T-bar perches for installation in areas where he regularly flew the birds.'
  55. 'Captive-bred birds are easy to come by now, but the time needed to look after and fly a bird is still a rare commodity.'
Move or be hurled quickly through the air.
  1. 'he was sent flying by the tackle'
  2. 'In fact, the impact was so great she felt herself being sent flying through the air.'
  3. 'The slower rotation speed reduces the chance of the turbine flying out of it's housing.'
  4. 'The ball flew into the Cubs' dugout, through the door, and into the adjoining bathroom, bouncing into the toilet bowl.'
  5. 'Stomping my feet with anger I was about to turn around and go back inside the house when the ball magically came flying over the fence back to my side again.'
  6. 'Punches were thrown, chairs sent flying, a woman pushed to the floor and spectators in the packed arena sent running for cover, according to reports from the scene.'
  7. 'It was a breezy southwesterly gale which caused overflowing dustbins to be sent flying through the masses.'
  8. 'Men and bikes were sent flying into the safety fence, but both managed to walk away.'
  9. 'The windows on nearby buildings exploded, people were thrown back, and cars were sent flying into nearby buildings.'
  10. 'Bullets flew in my direction as I dodged behind the stall.'
  11. 'The farther the ride went, the more speed it picked up and the more things started flying out of the car.'
  12. 'This led to another huge argument with insults flying from left to right and back again.'
  13. 'And the accusations of sexism keep flying in thick and fast.'
  14. 'No one is safe as the accusations fly, sides are taken and irreversible decisions are forced to be made.'
  15. 'As Congress tries to wrap up its work, insults are flying.'
  16. 'Since the most recent round of devastating fires, the accusations have flown thick and fast.'
  17. 'Accusations flew around that Scott had written the book for the money, and that the leak was a deliberate attempt to gain maximum publicity.'
  18. 'Yet with so many accusations flying, it seems no amount of medical science is going to settle the matter.'
  19. 'Obviously, as you can imagine, the charges and countercharges are flying fast and furious.'
  20. 'More understandably, accusations flew about rail chiefs putting profit before passenger safety.'
  21. 'Accusations fly, jeopardizing her long, mostly happy marriage to Ned, a struggling artist.'
  22. 'Accusations are already flying between the German Government, opposition parties, federal ministries and teachers.'
  23. 'Company commanders have, of course, briefed them, but there's still a lot of other information flying around.'
  24. 'There's even a rumour flying around that it might be Manchester City, given Keane's long-standing friendship with Stuart Pearce.'
  25. 'Rumors were flying around that there was all this partying going on, on the ‘Miami Vice’ set.'
  26. 'Family are divided, there is no consensus, and information flying around differs, so it's hard for people to decide who is right on this one.'
  27. 'The online poll is, of course, completely unscientific, but is it any less so than the exit polls whose numbers are flying around the web?'
  28. 'This, despite their assertions of moral rectitude, implies that it is hard to make an informed judgment on an issue such as this with so much disinformation flying around.'
  29. '‘That speculation has been flying around for a while now and I've nothing really to add to it,’ said the Rovers chief.'
  30. 'The rumours are flying around the government.'
  31. 'With all the rumours that were flying around about the newspaper's feature on the nightclub, I couldn't help myself; I had to get my hands on the article and read it myself.'
  32. 'With Wakefield up in the pen yet again as Francona burned through his options, Curt Leskanic came in and got Williams to fly to center to end the inning.'
  33. 'He was in the outfield when Houston pitcher Bill Greason flew to left.'
Wave or flutter in the wind.
  1. 'My hair flew behind me, the wind whistling through each strand.'
  2. 'Her black hair flew in the wind and she enjoyed the sheer exhilaration of the ride.'
  3. 'My hair was flying in the wind with no absolute direction.'
  4. 'She and Kristina went out into the square and ran around with their hair flying in the wind.'
  5. 'Her hair was blowing freely in the wind and her cloak flew behind her, she felt so free when riding like nothing could touch her and she could do as she pleased.'
  6. 'Tears were forming in her bright blue eyes, her long blonde hair flying in the wind, while walking out to the parking lot.'
  7. 'Carried by the elements, the boat comes to life and we ride its bare back, salt spray in our faces, hair flying behind us, gasping with exhilaration.'
  8. 'Her dishevelled hair flew wildly in the wind, framing a bewildered look.'
  9. 'His brown hair flew wildly in the wind, and a smirk played upon his lips.'
  10. 'The really nasty bikers are easy to spot; they are the ones with long hair flying briskly in the wind, riding really fast.'
  11. with object 'vessels which flew the Spanish flag'
  12. 'On the Capitol flagpole, the Lone Star flies below the American flag, emblem of the few brief years when slaveholding Texas was its own republic.'
  13. 'The flag was flying on the flagpole, meaning that Her Majesty was at home.'
  14. 'The flag flew from the Post Office - at half mast for the death of any important person.'
Go or move quickly.
  1. 'his fingertips flew across the keyboard'
  2. '‘We get lorries and all sorts flying along, and people do not drive for the conditions of the road at all,’ she said.'
  3. 'The horse flew smoothly along the ground, her muscles moving in perfect synchronization with each other.'
  4. 'Traffic flies along the A19 and too few motorists adjust to the speed restriction imposed at Thormanby.'
  5. 'You'll be flying along, and you come around a corner and the weather's totally different from what you left.'
  6. 'The tank then flew away at a blistering speed.'
  7. 'Luke took Hailey's hand in his, and the two hastily flew down the stairs and out of the lighthouse.'
  8. 'He and I took one look at each other before flying down the stairs.'
  9. 'I must fly!'
  10. '‘Thank you.’ Claudia stood up. ‘I have to fly! We must get together for dinner soon!’'
  11. 'We too must fly, so stride briskly over the bridge to Boat Of Garten, from where a steam railway plies its way across the moor to Aviemore, giving another magnificent aspect of the mountains.'
  12. 'How the long winter nights must fly by at Chez Blaine.'
  13. 'Those long winters on Lewis must have just flown by.'
  14. 'Our five days in Germany's capital city flew along quickly even though the first week of January is more like an extended siesta period for Germans.'
  15. 'those that fly may fight again'
  16. 'Yet you did not fly from me, nor did I fly from you: we are innocent towards one another in our unfaithfulness.'
  17. 'These people know of my crime; perhaps they will not fly from me, and will only kill me.'
  18. 'you must fly the country for a while'
  19. 'He was compelled to fly the realm for having murdered a woman with child.'
  20. 'This is no time for thanks, Mr. Peters, unless it is to the Lord; you must fly the country, and that at once!'
Be successful.
  1. '‘I don't think this is going to fly at all,’ he said. ‘It’s not going to happen.’'
  2. 'Here's one we prepared earlier on the current state of the art, and presumably if the UK scheme flies it will be along the lines of the US stuff.'
  3. 'This film usually gets great ratings, but it just didn't fly for me.'


An opening at the crotch of a pair of trousers, closed with a zip or buttons and typically covered with a flap.
  1. 'These flat-front relaxed chinos have a zipper fly, button tab, inside button, and on-seam pockets.'
  2. 'Boys, nay men, need to remember to wipe the toothpaste from the corners of their mouth, the crumbs from their beards and not to catch their shirts in their flies.'
  3. 'I suppose the male equivalent to these little secrets was flying at half mast, flying low or egg on your face, to indicate undone or untidy trouser flies.'
  4. 'Go and try on a pair of Levi's 501s with the original button fly.'
  5. 'His knees buckle as he automatically checks his flies are fastened, coughs and addresses us, increasingly demented.'
  6. 'Which is always like being caught in public with your fly open and your shirttail sticking through.'
  7. 'The Tory could not work out why they were so jovial and even checked his trouser flies to make sure he had not caused the merriment by ‘flying low’.'
  8. 'I do not like how far I have to reach from the inside of the tent to the zip on the fly.'
  9. 'After the exterior of the tent's fly dries, remove it and drape it over a bush or tree limb with the interior exposed.'
The space over the stage in a theatre.
  1. 'The rest, even while the scenery keeps rising from the floor or descending from the flies, remains unremittingly flat.'
  2. 'A dancer will be lowered like a window washer, bucket and squeegee in hand, from the flies of the stage.'
  1. 'He led off the top of the ninth inning with a high fly down the left field line.'
  2. 'In years gone by, if a fielder caught a foul fly while stepping into the dugout, it was ruled a legal catch.'
A one-horse hackney carriage.
  1. 'In half a minute the light of the lanterns fell upon a hired fly, drawn by a steaming and jaded horse.'
  2. 'He was on a visit to a friend, and met with his death through an accident while riding in a fly.'
An attempt.

    More definitions

    1. to move through the air using wings.

    2. to be carried through the air by the wind or any other force or agency: bits of paper flying about.

    3. to float or flutter in the air: flags flying in the breeze.

    4. to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft.

    5. to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly: He flew from the room.

    6. to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another: The door flew

    More examples(as adjective)

    "airlines can be fly to places."

    "people can be fly to places."

    "people can be fly to moons."

    "people can be fly on dates."

    "people can be fly into candles."

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