intransitive verb 3rd person singular present flies present participle flying past tense flew past participle flown
- 1 1.1(bird/bee)to fly away/in/outthe bird flew out of its cageirse/entrar/salir volandoel pájaro se escapó (volando) de la jaulaExample sentences1.2
(plane/pilot)(passenger)we are flying at 8,000mir en aviónwe'll be flying over Romevolamos a 8.000mshe's learning to flyvolaremos sobre or sobrevolaremos RomaI'm going to Boston — are you flying?está aprendiendo a volar or a pilotar avionesto fly inme voy a Boston — ¿vas en avión?the ambassador is flying in tomorrowwe will be flying into Orlyel embajador llegará mañanato fly outaterrizaremos en Orlyhe flew (out) from London this morningwe fly on to Denver tomorrowsalió de Londres en avión esta mañanathe jets flew past in formationmañana volamos a or salimos en avión para Denvera nice concept, but will it fly? (American English) [colloquial]los jets pasaron volando en formaciónto be flying highuna idea buena pero ¿funcionará?to fly blindestar volando altoir a ciegas(Aviation)volar guiándose por los instrumentosExample sentences1.3 (float in air) with her hair/coat flying in the wind
- What was also surprising was the number of insects still flying and giving the birds a good meal.
- In rainy periods, when few insects are flying, the birds switch to ground feeding.
- She walked past neat gardens and tidy houses, watching small birds bath in bird baths, insects fly around flowers and people inside their air conditioned houses.
con el pelo/abrigo ondeando al vientoExample sentences
- When an airplane is flying, it has a good deal of forward speed and airflow over all of its surfaces.
- In addition, the newer aircraft can fly higher and have a greater range than the older planes.
- After nearly nine months of work, he said that it was very pleasing to see the aircraft flying once again.
- Shaking his head back and forth his hair flew everywhere, hand waving at the side of his head as if he smelled something bad.
- Her hair was blowing freely in the wind and her cloak flew behind her, she felt so free when riding like nothing could touch her and she could do as she pleased.
- We've all seen the image of the person on the motorcycle with her hair flying behind her in the wind.
- 2 2.1 (rush)(person)they went flying around the corner/up the stepsir ( or salir etc) volandoI must fly! [colloquial]doblaron la esquina/subieron las escaleras volandoto fly to somebody's rescue/side¡tengo que salir or irme volando!2.2to flycorrer en auxilio/al lado de alguien
atsomebodythe dog flew at the intruder's throatlanzarse sobrealguiento fly into a temper o rageel perro se tiró or se lanzó al cuello del intruso2.3 (move, be thrown) papers were flying in the windponerse hecho una furia or un basiliscomontar en cóleramy hat flew offhabía papeles volando por el airethe ball/stone flew past mese me voló el sombrerothe window flew openla pelota/piedra pasó volando por mi ladothe car flew up into the airla ventana se abrió de golpeinsults flew between themel coche saltó por los airesI tripped and went flyingse lanzaron una sarta de insultosit sent the poor cyclist flyingtropecé y salí volando or disparadoto let fly at somebodyel pobre ciclista salió disparado por los aireshe grabbed a bottle and let fly at heremprenderla or arremeter contra alguienhe let fly with a stream of abuseagarró una botella y arremetió or la emprendió contra ellato make the feathers o fur o sparks flysoltó una sarta de insultosand then the feathers really began to flyarmar un gran lío [colloquial]y entonces sí que se armó la gorda or la de San Quintín [colloquial]Example sentences2.4 (pass quickly)
(time)the days/weeks have just flown (by)pasar volandohow time flies!los días/las semanas han pasado volando¡el tiempo vuela or pasa volando!Example sentences2.5 (flee) [archaic] fly, fly, my lord!
- Shards of plastic and even wheels had been sent flying across the street into gardens and hedges.
- Punches were thrown, chairs sent flying, a woman pushed to the floor and spectators in the packed arena sent running for cover, according to reports from the scene.
- It was a breezy southwesterly gale which caused overflowing dustbins to be sent flying through the masses.
¡escapad, escapad mi señor! [arcaico]Example sentences
- Another weekend has flown past and Easter is looming up pretty fast again this year.
- Our five days in Germany's capital city flew along quickly even though the first week of January is more like an extended siesta period for Germans.
- Those long winters on Lewis must have just flown by.
- it was to the English he must have flown for protection, and to them he would naturally have communicated his fears.
- Yet you did not fly from me, nor did I fly from you: we are innocent towards one another in our unfaithfulness.
- These people know of my crime; perhaps they will not fly from me, and will only kill me.
- He was compelled to fly the realm for having murdered a woman with child.
- Protestants, wherever they could obtain shipping, hasted to fly the country.
- This is no time for thanks, Mr. Peters, unless it is to the Lord; you must fly the country, and that at once!
- My fingers were flying over the keyboard, making words and sentences and thoughts.
- I can go into a state of zen-like calm and concentration, while my fingers fly across the keyboard.
- The horse flew smoothly along the ground, her muscles moving in perfect synchronization with each other.
- We too must fly, so stride briskly over the bridge to Boat Of Garten, from where a steam railway plies its way across the moor to Aviemore, giving another magnificent aspect of the mountains.
- And they've just put out the second call for our flight, so I must fly…
- ‘Thank you.’ Claudia stood up. ‘I have to fly! We must get together for dinner soon!’
- 3also: past tense & past participle flied(in baseball)lanzar un globo or un flyExample sentences
- With Wakefield up in the pen yet again as Francona burned through his options, Curt Leskanic came in and got Williams to fly to center to end the inning.
- He was in the outfield when Houston pitcher Bill Greason flew to left.
- The deciding run, in the fourth inning, came as Crabtree tripled after Longacre fell trying to make the catch and Kurowski flew to right.
transitive verb 3rd person singular present flies present participle flying past tense flew past participle flown
- 1 1.1 (control)(plane/glider/balloon)(kite)1.2 (carry)hacer volar or encumbrar (Andes)(cargo)he was flown to Dallas in a private jetthe wounded were flown out by helicopterlo llevaron a Dallas en avión privadothey had the equipment flown inlos heridos fueron evacuados en helicópteroles mandaron el equipo por aviónExample sentences1.3 (travel over)
(distance)they fly this route dailyBlériot was the first man to fly the Channeltienen vuelos diarios en esta ruta1.4 (travel by)Blériot fue el primer piloto que cruzó el canal de la Mancha en avión(airline)1.5 (operate, use) See examples: we fly 737s on that routevolar consome businessmen fly private aircraftesa ruta la cubren aviones 737algunos hombres de negocios vuelan en avión privadoExample sentences
- They are sending a transport aircraft to fly relief to Grand Bahama.
- The injured boy was flown by helicopter to hospital, where he was treated for multiple bites to the arms and legs.
- Two other US soldiers were injured and were flown by helicopter back to a field hospital in the capital where they were in a ‘stable’ condition last night.
- The aircraft is flown by two flight crew with between six and ten mission crew.
- This reduced the amount of control forces and the frequency of control movements required to fly the aircraft.
- The nearest aircraft was regularly flown by Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton.
- 2 the ship was flying the Panamanian flagel barco llevaba bandera panameña or pabellón panameñoExample sentences
- The flag was flying on the flagpole, meaning that Her Majesty was at home.
- No one partied harder than the people of Bolton, with flags flying patriotically from flagpoles and bunting between the houses.
- The flag flew from every public building, from every municipal flagpole, and from every structure of consequence in the land.
noun plural flies
- 1 (on trousers) (often pl in BrE) your fly is o (in British English also) flies are undonellevas la bragueta abierta or desabrochadatienes el marrueco abierto or desabrochado (Chile)Example sentences
- Interesting alternatives are Velcro straps or, if the shorts fit perfectly, stylish button flies.
- Imagine my reaction then as I stumble out of the cupboard buttoning up the flies on my jeans and two secretaries are walking past.
- We make boxers with fake flies, no flies, and button flies.
- 2 (on tent) 2.1 (flap) 2.2fly (sheet)toldo (masculine) impermeable(de tienda de campaña)Example sentences
- We use our ice axes to stake down the fly, but it flaps as violently as a trapped bird.
- I do not like how far I have to reach from the inside of the tent to the zip on the fly.
- After the exterior of the tent's fly dries, remove it and drape it over a bush or tree limb with the interior exposed.
- 3fly (ball) (in baseball) (American English)on the fly (American English)fly (masculine)(hurriedly)a las carreras(lit: without bouncing)por el aire
- 4also: flies plural(Theater)bambalinas (feminine plural)Example sentences
- The rest, even while the scenery keeps rising from the floor or descending from the flies, remains unremittingly flat.
- Also all sorts of bolts of cloth unrolled this way and that or unfurling from the flies, sometimes covering the entire cast, though not for long enough.
- Suspended from the flies or moving in slow motion, she was a spiritual warrior and her chalked, nude body was her testing ground.
- 1 (insect) he/she wouldn't hurt a fly the fly in the ointmentthere are no flies on her/himel único problemala única pega (Spain) [colloquial]to be a fly on the wallI'd like to have been a fly on the wall when he told herno tiene un pelo de tonta/tontoto die/drop like fliesme habría gustado estar allí or ver su reacción cuando se lo dijomorir/caer como moscasExample sentences
- Almost 40 years ago Ed Lewis discovered a remarkable fly that differs from an ordinary fly by one extra pair of wings.
- There were also winged salamanders feasting on flying insects such as flies and mosquitoes.
- A single fly was placed on the platform, and placidly stayed there, motionless, until the test stimulus was presented.
- 2 (in angling) (before noun) fly fishermanpescador (masculine) con moscaExample sentences
- There seems to be a culture that now associates using artificial lures and flies with the need to conserve our stocks for the future.
- Take the advice of local anglers for choice of flies and small popping plugs.
- Unlike in trout fishing, where an artificial fly is used, anglers hunting pike tend to go for bait such as small fish.
- 1 (American English) [colloquial] (stylish, fashionable)en la onda [colloquial](clothes)a la modaExample sentences
- If your neighbor's got a fly crib or a pimped-out set of wheels, that's their business, not yours.
- I was looking for the fly stuff, and I don't mean fishing gear.
- Babs wants to know if her romance with the fly guy she met last year is for keeps.
- 2 (British English) [colloquial] (crafty)Example sentences
- Never in the history of nannies has there been a more fly nanny than Julie Andrews.
- I'm too fly to admit anything to youse guys.
- This sort of manoeuvre must have been what one shadow cabinet colleague had in mind when he privately described the politician as ‘an extremely fly operator’.
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