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flying British & World English

Moving or able to move through the air with wings

flying in fly1 British & World English

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

go flying British & World English

Fall or be knocked over

ski-flying British & World English

A form of ski jumping from a higher slope so that the skier jumps further

flag-flying British & World English

The vigorous demonstration of support for one’s country, political party, or organization, especially when one is abroad

flying boat British & World English

A large seaplane that lands with its fuselage in the water

flying bomb British & World English

A small pilotless aircraft with an explosive warhead, especially a V-1

flying disc British & World English

A concave plastic disc designed for skimming through the air as an outdoor game or amusement

flying fish British & World English

A fish of warm seas which leaps out of the water and uses its wing-like pectoral fins to glide over the surface for some distance

flying fox British & World English

A large fruit bat with a foxlike face, found in Madagascar, SE Asia, and northern Australia

flying frog British & World English

A nocturnal arboreal Asian frog which is able to glide between trees using the large webs between its extended toes

flying suit British & World English

A one-piece garment worn by the pilot and crew of a military or light aircraft

flying wing British & World English

An aircraft with little or no fuselage and no tailplane

high-flying British & World English

Flying at a high altitude

kite-flying British & World English

The action of flying a kite on a string

low-flying British & World English

Flying at a low altitude

yogic flying British & World English

A technique used chiefly by Transcendental Meditation practitioners which involves thrusting oneself off the ground while in the lotus position

flying bridge British & World English

Another term for flybridge.

flying change British & World English

A movement in riding in which the leading leg in the canter position is changed without loss of speed while the horse is in the air

flying doctor British & World English

(In Australia) a doctor who uses radio communication and travels by aircraft to visit patients in remote areas of the country

flying dragon British & World English

Another term for flying lizard.

flying jacket British & World English

A short jacket similar to a bomber jacket, typically of leather and with a warm lining or collar and several pockets

flying lemur British & World English

A nocturnal tree-dwelling SE Asian mammal resembling a lemur, with a membrane between the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding from tree to tree

flying lizard British & World English

An arboreal SE Asian lizard which has expanding membranes along the sides of the body, used for gliding between trees

flying mouse British & World English

another term for feathertail glider.

flying picket British & World English

A person who, with others, travels to picket any workplace where there is an industrial dispute

flying saucer British & World English

A disc-shaped flying craft supposedly piloted by aliens; a UFO

flying snake British & World English

A greenish semi-arboreal SE Asian snake which can glide down from a tree in a stiff horizontal position, with the belly hollowed to slow its descent

flying squad British & World English

A division of a police force or other organization which is capable of reaching an incident quickly

flying start British & World English

A start of a race or time trial in which the starting point is passed at speed

flying wedge British & World English

A fast-moving group, as of police officers, linked together closely in a V-shaped formation, sometimes used to force a way through a crowd or to protect someone behind them

flying buttress British & World English

A buttress slanting from a separate column, typically forming an arch with the wall it supports

Flying Dutchman British & World English

A legendary ghostly ship supposedly seen in the region of the Cape of Good Hope and presaging disaster

flying gurnard British & World English

A bottom-dwelling marine fish that has bony armour on the skull and large brightly coloured pectoral fins. It moves through the water with a gliding or flying motion

flying machine British & World English

An aircraft, especially an early or unconventional one

flying officer British & World English

A rank of commissioned officer in the RAF, above pilot officer and below flight lieutenant

flying squirrel British & World English

A small squirrel that has skin joining the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding from tree to tree

flying phalanger British & World English

A small Australasian marsupial with a membrane between the fore- and hindlimbs for gliding

go flying in flying British & World English

Fall or be knocked over

send someone flying British & World English

Cause someone to be knocked violently off balance or to the ground

send someone flying in send1 British & World English

Cause someone to be knocked violently off balance or to the ground

fly1 British & World English

Move or be hurled quickly through the air

fly at in fly1 British & World English

Attack verbally or physically

fly at British & World English

Attack verbally or physically

fly high in fly1 British & World English

Be very successful; prosper

fly high British & World English

Be very successful; prosper

flying disk in flying disc British & World English

A concave plastic disc designed for skimming through the air as an outdoor game or amusement

overfly British & World English

Fly over (a place)


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