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1. Rising to a great height.
2. Unusually extravagant, affected, or ambitious.
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or high′-fly′ing,

1. extravagant or extreme in aims, opinions, etc.; unduly lofty: highflying ambitions.
2. having a high cost or perceived value: highflying glamour stocks.
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Adj.1.highflying - moving upward or along at a considerable height; "some highflying fighter pilot fired a cannon shell into it"
ascending - moving or going or growing upward; "the ascending plane"; "the ascending staircase"; "the ascending stems of chickweed"
2.highflying - extravagant or ambitious or extreme in aims or opinions; "they did not understand what had happend at the once highflying company"
unrestrained - not subject to restraint; "unrestrained laughter"
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That whole cycle of highflying form that might be said to have started at the new Louvre and certainly found full flower in Bilbao, that look-at-me impulse that set all jaws to snapping about commercial ambitions and the friction between architecture and art, that indulgent movement that now looks like nothing less than creative culture's own bubble-era fling, is here brought down to earth with a resounding and welcome thud.