flies, flying, flew, flown
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.

[V prep/adv] The planes flew through the clouds...

[V prep/adv] The bird flew away. [Also V]

3) VERB If you fly somewhere, you travel there in an aircraft.

[V prep/adv] He flew to Los Angeles...

[V prep/adv] He flew back to London...

[V prep/adv] Mr Baker flew in from Moscow.

4) VERB When someone flies an aircraft, they control its movement in the air.

[V n] Parker had successfully flown both aircraft...

[V n prep/adv] He flew a small plane to Cuba...

His inspiration to fly came even before he joined the Army.

Derived words:
flying N-UNCOUNT

...a flying instructor.

5) VERB To fly someone or something somewhere means to take or send them there in an aircraft.

[V n adv/prep] It may be possible to fly the women and children out on Thursday...

[V n adv/prep] The relief supplies are being flown from a warehouse in Pisa.

6) VERB If something such as your hair is flying about, it is moving about freely and loosely in the air.

[V adv/prep] His long, uncovered hair flew back in the wind...

She was running down the stairs, her hair flying.

7) V-ERG If you fly a flag or if it is flying, you display it at the top of a pole.

[V n] They flew the flag of the African National Congress...

A Chinese flag was flying on the new military HQ.

8) VERB (emphasis) 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.

[V prep/adv] She flew to their bedsides when they were ill...

[V prep/adv] I flew downstairs...

[V prep/adv] There are bullets flying around your head.

9) VERB If you tell someone that you must fly, you are indicating that you have to leave in a great hurry.

I must fly or I'll miss my plane...

I'll have to fly.

10) VERB If stories or rumours are flying around a place, they are being discussed a great deal and by a lot of people within a short period of time.

[V prep/adv] Rumours had been flying around the workrooms all morning...

Rumours were flying about possible deals.

11) 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.
12) N-COUNT In fishing, a fly is a model of a small winged insect that is used as a bait.
13) See also , tsetse fly
14) PHRASE: with brd-neg, V inflects (emphasis) 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.

Ray wouldn't hurt a fly.

...a lovely girl, who would not have harmed a fly.

15) PHRASE: V inflects If you let fly, you attack someone, either physically by hitting them, or with words by insulting them.

A simmering row ended with her letting fly with a stream of obscenities.

16) PHRASE: PHR after v If you do something on the fly, you do it quickly without thinking about it or planning it in advance, especially while something else is happening. [INFORMAL]

It was all pretty much done on the fly.

17) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR after v 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.

The blow sent the young man flying.

18) PHRASE: v-link PHR 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.
See also fly-on-the-wall

What I'd give to be a fly on the wall when Davis finds out what's happened to his precious cargo.

19) to fly the coopsee coop
as the crow fliessee crow
to fly in the face ofsee face
to fly the flagsee flag
to fly off the handlesee handle
a fly in the ointmentsee ointment
pigs might flysee pig
sparks flysee spark
time fliessee time
Phrasal Verbs:

English dictionary. 2008.

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