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Synonyms of fly in English:


  • 1 a bird flew overhead
    travel through the air, wing its way, wing, glide, soar, wheel;
    hover, hang;
    take wing, take to the air, mount
  • 2 they flew to Paris
    travel by airplane/plane, travel by air, jet
  • 3 military planes flew in food supplies
    transport by airplane/plane, transport by air, airlift, lift, jet
  • 4 he could fly a plane
    pilot, operate, control, maneuver, steer
  • 5 the ship was flying a red flag
    display, show, exhibit, bear;
    have hoisted, have run up
  • 6 flags flew in the town
    flutter, flap, wave
  • 7 doesn't time fly?
    go quickly, fly by/past, pass swiftly, slip past, rush past
  • 8 the runners flew by See speed (sense 1 of the verb)
  • 9 archaic the beaten army had to fly See flee (sense 1)
  • Phrases

    fly at
    he flew at Rodriguez with fire in his eyes
    attack, assault, pounce on, set upon, set about, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, fall on
    informal lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, let someone have it, jump, have a go at, light into
    let fly
    See let
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