Synonyms of fly in English:

fly1

verb

  • 1 a bird flew overhead
    travel through the air, wing its way, wing, glide, soar, wheel;
    flutter, flit;
    hover, hang;
    take wing, take to the air, mount
  • 2 they flew to Paris
    travel/go by air, travel/go by plane, jet;
    Indian air-dash
  • 3 military planes flew in food supplies
    transport by air/plane, airlift, lift, jet
  • 4 he would pretend not to know how to fly the plane
  • 5 the ship was flying a quarantine flag
    display, show, exhibit;
    have hoisted, have run up
  • 6 the British flag flew proudly from the roof
    flutter, flap, wave, blow, waft, float, stream
  • 7 doesn't time fly when you're having fun?
    go quickly, fly by/past, pass swiftly, slip past, rush past
  • 8 the runners flew by
    race, hurry, hasten, flash, dash, dart, rush, shoot, speed, hurtle, streak, really move, spank along, whirl, whizz, go like lightning, go hell for leather, whoosh, buzz, zoom, swoop, blast, charge;
    stampede, gallop, chase, career, bustle, sweep, hare, wing, scurry, scud, scutter
    informal belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip, whip (along), get cracking, get a move on, step on it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
    British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down
    North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber
    North American vulgar slang drag/tear/haul ass
    literary fleet
    archaic post, hie
  • 9 archaic the beaten army had to fly See flee (sense 1)
  • 10 dated he was forced to fly the country See flee (sense 2)
  • Phrases

    fly at

    Robbie flew at him, fists clenched
    attack, assault, make an assault on, launch an attack on, pounce on, set upon, set about, launch oneself at, weigh into, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, strike out at, beset, belabour, fall on, accost, mug, charge, rush, storm
    British informal have a go at
    North American informal light into

    fly off the handle

    informal
    touch on anything emotional and Andrew flies off the handle
    lose one's temper, become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
    informal go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear
    British informal go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist
    North American informal flip one's wig
    Australian/New Zealand informal go crook
    vulgar slang go apeshit

    let fly

    See let

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    Synonyms of fly in English:

    fly2

    noun

    Phrases

    fly in the ointment

    informal
    the only fly in the ointment was Adrian
    informal hiccup, facer
    British informal spanner in the works
    North American informal monkey wrench in the works

    fly on the wall

    I would love to be a fly on the wall at some of those meetings

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