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flew

 (flo͞o)
v.
Past tense of fly1.

flew

(fluː)
vb
the past tense of fly1

flew

(fluː)
n
(Building) a variant spelling of flue3

fly1

(flaɪ)

v. flew, for 11, 19, flied, flown, fly•ing, v.i.
1. to move through the air using wings.
2. to be carried through the air or through space by any force or agency.
3. to float or flutter in the air: flags flying in the breeze.
4. to travel in an aircraft or spacecraft.
5. to operate an aircraft or spacecraft.
6. to move suddenly and quickly; start unexpectedly: He flew out of the room.
7. to change rapidly and unexpectedly from one state or position to another: to fly into a rage; The door flew open.
8. to flee; escape.
9. to move or pass swiftly: How time flies!
10. to move with an aggressive surge.
11. to bat a fly ball in baseball.
12. Informal. to be acceptable, believable, feasible, or successful: It seemed like a good idea, but it just wouldn't fly.
v.t.
13. to make (something) float or move through the air: to fly a kite.
14. to operate (an aircraft or spacecraft).
15. to hoist aloft, as for display or signaling: to fly a flag.
16. to operate an aircraft or spacecraft over: to fly the Pacific.
17. to transport or convey by air.
18. to escape from; flee.
19.
a. to hang (scenery) above a stage by means of rigging.
b. to raise (scenery) from the stage into the flies.
20. fly at, to attack suddenly; lash out at.
21. fly out, to make an out in baseball by hitting a fly ball that is caught by a player of the opposing team.
n.
22. a strip of material sewn along one edge of a garment opening to conceal a zipper, buttons, or other fasteners.
23. a flap forming the door of a tent.
24. a piece of fabric extending over the ridgepole of a tent and forming an outer roof.
25. an act of flying; flight.
26. the course of a flying object, as a ball.
27. fly ball.
28. a regulating device for chime and striking mechanisms, consisting of an arrangement of vanes on a revolving axis.
29.
a. the horizontal dimension of a flag as flown from a vertical staff.
b. the end of the flag farther from the staff. Compare hoist (def. 6).
30. flies. Also called fly loft. the space above the stage used chiefly for storing scenery and equipment.
Idioms:
1. fly high, to be full of hope or elation.
2. fly in the face or teeth of, to act in brazen defiance of: to fly in the face of tradition.
3. fly off the handle, Informal. to become very angry, esp. without warning.
4. let fly,
a. to hurl or propel (an object).
b. to give free rein to one's anger.
5. on the fly,
a. during flight; while in the air.
b. hurriedly; without pausing.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English flēogan]
fly′a•ble, adj.
fly`a•bil′i•ty, n.

fly2

(flaɪ)

n., pl. flies.
1. any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera, esp. of the family Muscidae, as the common housefly.
2. any of various winged insects, as the mayfly or firefly.
3. a fishhook dressed with feathers, silk, tinsel, etc., so as to resemble an insect or small fish, for use as a lure or bait.
Idioms:
1. fly in the ointment, something that spoils an otherwise pleasant thing; detriment.
2. fly on the wall, an invisible bystander, secretly watching and listening.
[before 950; Middle English flīe, Old English flēoge, flȳge]
fly′less, adj.

fly3

(flaɪ)

adj. Slang.
1. Brit. clever.
2. stylish; fine.
[of uncertain orig.]

Fly

(flaɪ)
n.
a river in New Guinea, flowing SE from the central part to the Gulf of Papua, ab. 800 mi. (1290 km) long.
Translations

fly2

(flai) past tense flew (fluː) : past participle flown (floun) verb
1. to (make something) go through the air on wings etc or in an aeroplane. The pilot flew (the plane) across the sea.
2. to run away (from). He flew (the country).
3. (of time) to pass quickly. The days flew past.
ˈflyer, ˈflier noun
1. a person who flies an aeroplane etc or is in one.
2. a sheet of paper advertising a product, event etc. handing out flyers to passers-by.
flying saucer
a strange flying object thought possibly to come from another planet.
flying visit
a very short, often unexpected, visit. She paid her mother a flying visit.
frequent flyer/flier noun
a passenger who flies frequently in the same airline and receives bonuses accordingly.
ˈflyleaf noun
a blank page at the beginning or end of a book.
ˈflyover noun
a road etc which is built up so as to cross above another. a flyover across the motorway.
fly in the face of
to oppose or defy; to treat with contempt. He flew in the face of danger.
fly into
suddenly to get into (a rage, a temper etc).
fly off the handle
to lose one's temper.
get off to a flying start
to have a very successful beginning. Our new shop has got off to a flying start.
let fly (often with at)
to throw, shoot or send out violently. He let fly (an arrow) at the target.
send (someone/something) flying
to hit or knock someone or something so that he or it falls down or falls backwards. She hit him and sent him flying.
References in classic literature ?
The girls flew about, trying to make things comfortable, each in her own way.
In the alley the grey cat crouched behind barrels filled with torn paper and broken bottles above which flew a black swarm of flies.
The uncanny creatures flew in and out among the trees and tents, now swooping low near the Indians or the travelers.
My papa sick all the time,' Tony panted as we flew.
The novice in the military art flew from point to point, retarding his own preparations by the excess of his violent and somewhat distempered zeal; while the more practiced veteran made his arrangements with a deliberation that scorned every appearance of haste; though his sober lineaments and anxious eye sufficiently betrayed that he had no very strong professional relish for the, as yet, untried and dreaded warfare of the wilderness.
Jessie flew with mischievous delight to satisfy herself of the truth of this marvel.
Immediately on her entering the garden gate, the family of hens half ran, half flew to meet her; while a strange grimalkin, which was prowling under the parlor window, took to his heels, clambered hastily over the fence, and vanished.
Now it was a herd of diabolic shapes, that grinned and mocked at the pale minister, and beckoned him away with them; now a group of shining angels, who flew upward heavily, as sorrow-laden, but grew more ethereal as they rose.
The shavings flew right and left; till at last the plane-iron came bump against an indestructible knot.
Ferko again proceeded on his journey, but he hadn't gone far before a queen bee flew against him, trailing one wing behind her, which had been cruelly torn in two by a big bird.
They looked kindly on the child, and, after whispering long among themselves, two little bright-eyed Elves flew over the shining water, and, lighting on the clover-blossoms, said gently, "Little maiden, many thanks for your kindness; and our Queen bids us ask if you will go with us to Fairy-Land, and learn what we can teach you.
The wild crows flew in one great flock toward Dorothy and her companions.