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      vb   , flies, flying, flew, flown  
1    intr   (of birds, aircraft, etc.) to move through the air in a controlled manner using aerodynamic forces  
2    to travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft  
3    to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft)  
4    to float, flutter, or be displayed in the air or cause to float, etc., in this way  
to fly a kite, they flew the flag     
5    to transport or be transported by or through the air by aircraft, wind, etc.  
6    intr   to move or be moved very quickly, forcibly, or suddenly  
she came flying towards me, the door flew open     
7    intr   to pass swiftly  
time flies     
8    to escape from (an enemy, place, etc.); flee  
he flew the country     
9    intr; may be foll by at or upon   to attack a person  
10    intr   to have a sudden outburst  
he flew into a rage again     
11    intr   (of money, etc.) to vanish rapidly  
12    tr     (Falconry)   (of hawks) to fly at (quarry) in attack  
peregrines fly rooks     
13    tr     (Theatre)   to suspend (scenery) above the stage so that it may be lowered into view  
14    fly a kite  
a    to procure money by an accommodation bill  
b    to release information or take a step in order to test public opinion  
15    fly high  
Informal  
a    to have a high aim  
b    to prosper or flourish  
16    fly in the face of      See       face       19  
17    fly off the handle  
Informal   to lose one's temper  
18    fly the coop     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   to leave suddenly  
19    go fly a kite     (U.S. and Canadian)  
informal   go away  
20    let fly  
Informal  
a    to lose one's temper (with a person)  
she really let fly at him     
b    to shoot or throw (an object)  
      n   pl   , flies  
21    often pl     (Also called)    fly front   a closure that conceals a zip, buttons, or other fastening, by having one side overlapping, as on trousers  
22      (Also called)    fly sheet  
a    a flap forming the entrance to a tent  
b    a piece of canvas drawn over the ridgepole of a tent to form an outer roof  
23       short for       flywheel  
24    the horizontal weighted arm of a fly press  
25   
a    the outer edge of a flag  
b    the distance from the outer edge of a flag to the staff  
   Compare       hoist       9  
26      (Brit)   a light one-horse covered carriage formerly let out on hire  
27      (Austral. and N.Z.)   an attempt  
I'll give it a fly     
28      (Printing)  
a    a device for transferring printed sheets from the press to a flat pile  
b      (Also called)    flyhand   a person who collects and stacks printed matter from a printing press  
c    a piece of paper folded once to make four pages, with printing only on the first page  
29    pl     (Theatre)   the space above the stage out of view of the audience, used for storing scenery, etc.  
30    Rare   the act of flying  
     (Old English fleogan; related to Old Frisian fliaga, Old High German fliogan, Old Norse fljuga)  
  flyable      adj  
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fly          [2]  
      n   pl   , flies  
1    any dipterous insect, esp. the housefly, characterized by active flight  
   See also       horsefly       blowfly       tsetse fly       crane fly  
2    any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the caddis fly, firefly, dragonfly, and chalcid fly  
3      (Angling)   a lure made from a fish-hook dressed with feathers, tinsel, etc., to resemble any of various flies or nymphs: used in fly-fishing  
   See also       dry fly       wet fly  
4    (in southern Africa) an area that is infested with the tsetse fly  
5    drink with the flies     (Austral)  
slang   to drink alone  
6    fly in amber      See       amber       2  
7    fly in the ointment  
Informal   a slight flaw that detracts from value, completeness, or enjoyment  
8    fly on the wall   a person who watches others, while not being noticed himself  
9    there are no flies on him, her, etc  
Informal   he, she, etc., is no fool  
     (Old English fleoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly1)  
  flyless      adj  

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fly          [3]  
      adj  
1    Slang     (chiefly Brit)   knowing and sharp; smart  
2    Slang     (chiefly Scot)   furtive or sneaky  
3    Slang     (chiefly Scot)   in secret; sneakily  
     (C19: of uncertain origin)  

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fly         

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      vb  
1    flit, flutter, hover, mount, sail, soar, take to the air, take wing, wing  
2    aviate, be at the controls, control, manoeuvre, operate, pilot  
3    display, flap, float, flutter, show, wave  
4    elapse, flit, glide, pass, pass swiftly, roll on, run its course, slip away  
5    barrel (along)     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   be off like a shot     (informal)   bolt, burn rubber     (informal)   career, dart, dash, hare     (Brit. informal)   hasten, hurry, race, rush, scamper, scoot, shoot, speed, sprint, tear, whizz     (informal)   zoom  
6    abscond, avoid, beat a retreat, clear out     (informal)   cut and run     (informal)   decamp, disappear, do a runner     (slang)   escape, flee, fly the coop     (U.S. & Canad. informal)   get away, hasten away, hightail     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   light out     (informal)   make a getaway, make a quick exit, make one's escape, run, run for it, run from, show a clean pair of heels, shun, skedaddle     (informal)   take a powder     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take flight, take it on the lam     (U.S. & Canad. slang)   take off, take to one's heels  
7    fly off the handle      blow one's top, explode, flip one's lid     (slang)   fly into a rage, go ballistic     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   have a tantrum, hit or go through the roof     (informal)   let fly     (informal)   lose one's cool     (slang)   lose one's temper, wig out     (slang)  
8    let fly:     
a    burst forth, give free reign, keep nothing back, lash out, let (someone) have it, lose one's temper, tear into     (informal)   vent  
b    cast, chuck     (informal)   fire, fling, heave, hurl, hurtle, launch, let off, lob     (informal)   shoot, sling, throw  
      n  
9    fly in the ointment      difficulty, drawback, flaw, hitch, problem, rub, small problem, snag  

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fly          [2]  
      adj   astute, canny, careful, knowing, nobody's fool, not born yesterday, on the ball     (informal)   sharp, shrewd, smart, wide-awake  

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a fly in the ointment exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.

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Murray A..:

Could use these synonyms as a definition, but to me the expression sug...

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
v.
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
exp.
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
id.
the carrot is more effective than the stick
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