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flying

  
1       adj   A flying animal has wings and is able to fly.  
ADJ n  
...species of flying insects.     
2    If someone or something gets off to a flying start, or makes a flying start, they start very well, for example in a race or a new job.  
get off to a flying start      phrase   V inflects  
Advertising revenue in the new financial year has got off to a flying start...     


flying doctor        ( flying doctors    plural  ) A flying doctor is a doctor, especially in Australia, who travels by aircraft to visit patients who live in distant or isolated areas.      n-count  
flying fish        ( flying fish    plural)   ( flying fishes    plural  ) Flying fish are a type of fish that live in warm seas. They have large fins that enable them to move forward in the air when they jump out of the water.      n-var  
flying saucer        ( flying saucers    plural  ) A flying saucer is a round, flat object which some people say they have seen in the sky and which they believe to be a spacecraft from another planet.  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-count  
Flying Squad     
The Flying Squad is a group of police officers who are always ready to travel quickly to the scene of a serious crime.  
  (BRIT)      n-proper-coll   the N  
flying visit        ( flying visits    plural  ) A flying visit is a visit that only lasts a very short time.      n-count  
high-flying     
A high-flying person is successful or is likely to be successful in their career.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...her high-flying newspaper-editor husband.     
low-flying     
Low-flying aircraft or birds are flying very close to the ground, or lower than normal.      adj   ADJ n  
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fly     ( flies    plural & 3rd person present)   ( flying          present participle)   ( flew    past tense)   ( flown    past participle  )
1       n-count   A fly is a small insect with two wings. There are many kinds of flies, and the most common are black in colour.  
2       verb   When something such as a bird, insect, or aircraft flies, it moves through the air.  
The planes flew through the clouds...      V prep/adv  
The bird flew away.      V prep/adv, Also V  
3       verb   If you fly somewhere, you travel there in an aircraft.  
He flew back to London...      V prep/adv  
Mr Baker flew in from Moscow.      V prep/adv  
4       verb   When someone flies an aircraft, they control its movement in the air.  
Parker had successfully flown both aircraft...      V n  
He flew a small plane to Cuba...      V n prep/adv  
His inspiration to fly came even before he joined the Army.      V  
   flying             n-uncount  
...a flying instructor.     
5       verb   To fly someone or something somewhere means to take or send them there in an aircraft.  
The relief supplies are being flown from a warehouse in Pisa.      V n adv/prep  
6       verb   If something such as your hair is flying about, it is moving about freely and loosely in the air.  
His long, uncovered hair flew back in the wind...      V adv/prep  
She was running down the stairs, her hair flying.      V  
7       verb   If you fly a flag or if it is flying, you display it at the top of a pole.  
They flew the flag of the African National Congress...      V n  
A flag was flying on the new military HQ.      V  
8       verb   If you say that someone or something flies in a particular direction, you are emphasizing that they move there with a lot of speed or force.,   (emphasis)    I flew downstairs...      V prep/adv  
9       n-count   The front opening on a pair of trousers is referred to as the fly, or in British English the flies. It usually consists of a zip or row of buttons behind a band of cloth.  
10   
     flying         
    tsetse fly  
11    If you say that someone wouldn't hurt a fly or wouldn't harm a fly, you are emphasizing that they are very kind and gentle.  
wouldn't harm a fly      phrase   with brd-neg, V inflects     (emphasis)    ...a lovely girl, who would not have harmed a fly.     
12    If you let fly, you attack someone, either physically by hitting them, or with words by insulting them.  
let fly      phrase   V inflects  
A simmering row ended with her letting fly with a stream of obscenities.     
13    If you send someone or something flying    or if they go flying, they move through the air and fall down with a lot of force.      
send someone/something flying      phrase   V inflects, PHR after v  
The blow sent the young man flying.     
14    If you say that you would like to be a fly on the wall in a situation that does not involve you, you mean that you would like to see or hear what happens in that situation.  
fly on the wall      phrase   v-link PHR  
What I'd give to be a fly on the wall when Davis finds out what's happened to his precious cargo.     
    fly-on-the-wall  
15   
    as the crow flies  
    crow  
    to fly in the face of  
    face  
    to fly the flag  
    flag  
    to fly off the handle  
    handle  
    a fly in the ointment  
    ointment  
    pigs might fly  
    pig  
    sparks fly  
    spark  
    time flies  
    time   fly at      phrasal verb   If you fly at someone, you attack them, either physically by hitting them, or with words by insulting them.   (=let fly at)  
She flew at him for making a very anti-British remark.      V P n   fly into      phrasal verb   If you fly into a bad temper or a panic, you suddenly become very angry or anxious and show this in your behaviour.  
Losing a game would cause him to fly into a rage.      V P n  


flying         
1       adj   A flying    animal has wings and is able to fly.      
ADJ n  
...species of flying insects.     
2    If someone or something gets off to a flying start, or makes a flying start, they start very well, for example in a race or a new job.  
get off to a flying start      phrase   V inflects  
Advertising revenue in the new financial year has got off to a flying start...     
flying doctor        ( flying doctors    plural  ) A flying doctor is a doctor, especially in Australia, who travels by aircraft to visit patients who live in distant or isolated areas.      n-count  
flying fish        ( flying fish    plural)   ( flying fishes    plural  ) Flying fish are a type of fish that live in warm seas. They have large fins that enable them to move forward in the air when they jump out of the water.      n-var  
flying saucer        ( flying saucers    plural  ) A flying saucer is a round, flat object which some people say they have seen in the sky and which they believe to be a spacecraft from another planet.  
OLD-FASHIONED      n-count  
Flying Squad     
The Flying Squad is a group of police officers who are always ready to travel quickly to the scene of a serious crime.  
  (BRIT)      n-proper-coll   the N  
flying visit        ( flying visits    plural  ) A flying visit is a visit that only lasts a very short time.      n-count  
high-flying     
A high-flying person is successful or is likely to be successful in their career.      adj   usu ADJ n  
...her high-flying newspaper-editor husband.     
low-flying     
Low-flying aircraft or birds are flying very close to the ground, or lower than normal.      adj   ADJ n  

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flying

  

      adj  
1    brief, fleeting, fugacious, hasty, hurried, rushed, short-lived, transitory  
2    express, fast, fleet, mercurial, mobile, rapid, speedy, winged  
3    airborne, flapping, floating, fluttering, gliding, hovering, in the air, soaring, streaming, volitant, waving, wind-borne, winging  

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n.
fear of flying on an airplane
[Psych.]
n.
a Registered Trademark owned by WHAM-O INC, commonly used to refer its famous flying disc
n.
When economic outlook remains uncertain, top management complains about the parsimony of expense reimbursements. Shareholders will not look kindly to executives flying helicopters or first-class international flights unrestrained. chenrong.hubpages.com
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