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fly1 British & World English

(Of a bird, bat, or insect) move through the air using wings

fly2 British & World English

A flying insect of a large order characterized by a single pair of transparent wings and sucking (and often also piercing) mouthparts. Flies are of great importance as vectors of disease

fly3 British & World English

Knowing and clever

fly1 English Thesaurus

a bird flew overhead

fly2 English Thesaurus

the only fly in the ointment was Adrian

fly3 English Thesaurus

she's fly enough not to get done out of it

flies in fly1 British & World English

An opening at the crotch of a pair of trousers, closed with a zip or buttons and typically covered with a flap

flys in fly1 British & World English

A one-horse hackney carriage

fly at British & World English

Attack verbally or physically

fly-by British & World English

A flight past a point, especially the close approach of a spacecraft to a planet or moon for observation

fly-in British & World English

A meeting or other event attended by people who arrive by air

no-fly British & World English

Designating a list, person, or category of people prevented from flying for security reasons

bat fly British & World English

A bloodsucking fly of spider-like appearance, parasitic on bats and bearing live young

bee fly British & World English

A squat, hairy bee-like fly that hovers to feed from flowers using its long tongue. Its larvae typically parasitize other insects, especially bees and wasps

dry fly British & World English

An artificial fishing fly which is made to float lightly on the water

fly ash British & World English

Ash produced in small dark flecks by the burning of powdered coal or other materials and carried into the air

fly boy British & World English

A pilot, especially one in the air force

fly rod British & World English

A lightweight flexible rod used in fly fishing

fly-tip British & World English

Illegally dump waste

let fly British & World English

Attack physically or verbally

wet fly British & World English

An artificial fishing fly designed to sink below the surface of the water

bulb fly British & World English

A hoverfly that resembles a bumblebee, with larvae that are pests of daffodil bulbs

crane fly British & World English

A slender two-winged fly with very long legs. The larva of some kinds is the leatherjacket

deer fly British & World English

A bloodsucking louse fly which is a parasite of deer. It loses its wings on finding a host, and the female gives birth to fully grown larvae

drone fly British & World English

A hoverfly that resembles a honeybee. Its larva is the rat-tailed maggot

dung fly British & World English

A hairy fly that lays its eggs in fresh dung

fairy fly British & World English

A minute parasitic wasp which lays its eggs in the eggs of other insects

flesh fly British & World English

A fly that breeds in carrion, typically producing live young which are deposited on a carcass

fly high British & World English

Be very successful; prosper

fly ball British & World English

A ball batted high into the air

fly-drive British & World English

Denoting a package holiday which includes a flight and car rental at the destination

fly half British & World English

Another term for stand-off half.

fly kick British & World English

A kick made while running

fly-past British & World English

A ceremonial flight of aircraft past a person or a place

fly-post British & World English

Put up (advertising posters) in unauthorized places

Fly River British & World English

A river in Papua New Guinea—the country’s longest—that flows for 750 miles (1,200 km) from the border with Indonesia into the Gulf of Papua

fly spray British & World English

A substance sprayed from an aerosol that kills flying insects

fly-tying British & World English

The making of the artificial flies used in fly-fishing

frit fly British & World English

A very small black fly whose larvae are a serious pest of cereal crops and maize

fruit fly British & World English

A small fly which feeds on fruit in both its adult and larval stages

louse fly British & World English

A flattened bloodsucking fly which may have reduced or absent wings and typically spends much of its life on one individual of the host species

onion fly British & World English

A small fly whose larvae are a pest of onions

root fly British & World English

A dark slender fly whose larvae may cause serious damage to the roots of crops

snake fly British & World English

A slender woodland insect with transparent wings and a long ‘neck’ which allows the head to be raised above the body

snipe fly British & World English

A slender, long-legged predatory fly

carrot fly British & World English

A small fly whose larvae are a widespread pest of carrots, burrowing into the roots


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