fly Definition

  • 1to move through the air using wings
  • 2to travel by aircraft or to operate an aircraft
  • 3a small, flying insect with two wings

Using fly: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "fly" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The bird flew away.

  • Example

    We are flying to Paris tomorrow.

  • Example

    He is learning to fly a plane.

  • Example

    I hate it when flies buzz around my head.

fly Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with fly

  • to be successful and achieve great things


    After years of hard work, she finally flew high and became CEO of the company.

  • to act in a way that is contrary to what is generally accepted or expected


    His decision to quit his job and travel the world flies in the face of his family's expectations.

  • fly off the handle

    to suddenly become very angry


    He flew off the handle when he found out someone had scratched his car.


Summary: fly in Brief

The word 'fly' [flaɪ] can be used as a verb to describe movement through the air, either by winged creatures or aircraft. It can also refer to a small, winged insect. Examples include 'The bird flew away' and 'We are flying to Paris tomorrow.' Phrases like 'fly high' denote success, while 'fly off the handle' describes sudden anger.

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