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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

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

wet fly British & World English

An artificial fishing fly designed to sink below the surface of 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

bulb fly British & World English

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

root fly British & World English

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

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

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

flesh fly British & World English

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

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

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

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

cheese fly British & World English

A small shiny black fly whose larvae infest cheese

carrot fly British & World English

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

robber fly British & World English

A large, powerful predatory fly which darts out and grabs insect prey on the wing

cluster fly British & World English

A fly which enters buildings in large numbers while looking for a place to overwinter

fishing fly British & World English

A natural or artificial flying insect used as bait in fishing

forest fly British & World English

A bloodsucking European louse fly of wooded areas, attacking horses and other animals

Spanish fly British & World English

A bright green European blister beetle

sparks fly British & World English

An encounter becomes heated or lively


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