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Synonyms of wing in English:


  • 1 a bird's wings
    literary pinion
  • 2 the east wing of the house
    part, section, side;
  • 3 the radical wing of the party
    faction, camp, arm, branch, group, section, set, coterie, cabal;
    side, end
  • verb

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  • 1 a seagull winged its way over the sea
    fly, glide, soar
  • 2 the bomb winged past
    hurtle, speed, shoot, whiz, zoom, streak, fly
  • 3 the hunter only winged the hawk
    wound, graze, hit
  • Reflections


    This lovely word is specific to the hawk: it means 'to turn once or twice on the wing before attacking.' I like it for its sound—can-sah-leer—but also for all the work that little word performs. One pictures the hawk in the air, sturdy, graceful, circling, then swooping down with fierce purpose. Canceleer can be both noun and verb, and wouldn’t it be nice to use it metaphorically, to describe that time of graceful preparation before one takes decisive action?
    Joshua Ferris


    wing it
    informal if you don't know all the words, just wing it
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