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fly–by–night

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noun \ˈflī-bī-ˌnīt\

Definition of fly–by–night

  1. 1 :  one that seeks to evade responsibilities and especially creditors by flight

  2. 2 :  one without established reputation or standing; especially :  a shaky business enterprise

1822

First Known Use of fly–by–night

1822


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fly–by–night

adjective

Definition of fly–by–night

  1. 1 :  given to making a quick profit usually by shady or irresponsible acts

  2. 2 :  transitory, passing fly–by–night fashions

1914

First Known Use of fly–by–night

1914


FLY–BY–NIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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fly–by–night

adjective

Definition of fly–by–night for English Language Learners

  • : trying to make money quickly by using dishonest or illegal methods

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