Definition of flyer in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈflʌɪə
(also flier)


  • 1A person or thing that flies, especially in a particular way: frequent flyers
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    • Concentrate on one airline: Very frequent flyers get more free upgrades, often pay less to buy upgrades, and get preferred treatment on standby upgrade lists.
    • On a similar note, a frequent question fliers ask is whether airlines pad their schedules to ensure more on-time arrivals.
    • Airlines should be using the valuable data from frequent flyers and other passengers to conduct medical research.
    air traveller, air passenger, airline customer
  • 1.1A person who flies something, especially an aircraft.
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    • MEN who helped to win the war in the air 60 years ago were back behind the controls, as veteran flyers and aircraft took to the skies over York.
    • He recently sold the company, where model aircraft fliers can learn the ropes.
    • She got her pilot's license in 1948 and became an accomplished stunt flier and test pilot.
  • 1.2 informal A fast-moving person or thing: his free kick was a real flyer
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    • He did not, alas, develop into a real flier; though, as he showed on Friday, he is still usefully quick.
    • The other, which has a 3.2-litre V6 developing 211 bhp, is a real flyer.
    • They've got pace out wide with Eric Andrews, a real flyer, and a strong pack led by Tim Street, who's done it all.
  • 3 short for flying start.
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    • This season they have got off to a flier with Jon Parkin scoring three goals in their opening two games.
    • In previous seasons Ilkley have found it difficult to gain a points at Otley in midweek evening games but were off to a flier when Hannaford scored within the first five minutes.
    • But Fulton and Rob Key got Kent's victory bid off to a flier with an opening stand of 140 before Key was caught for 78.
  • 4chiefly North American A speculative investment.
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    • The biggest mystery is how these disturbing metrics failed to dissuade big investors and lenders from taking a flier on the industry.


take a flyer

chiefly North American Take a chance.
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  • But, after posting a H / 9 of 10.80 in the FSL, the chance of a team taking a flyer isn't great.
  • Given how much I dig that thing, I took a flyer on this one a couple of weeks ago.
  • Not that Mr. Slemmons dislikes the work of a previously unknown artist, it's just that he prefers to invest in blue chips rather than take a flyer on a risky biotech stock.

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