fly-by-night

noun
\ˈflī-bī-ˌnīt \

Definition of fly-by-night 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

fly-by-night

adjective

Definition of fly-by-night (Entry 2 of 2)

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

2 : transitory, passing fly-by-night fashions

First Known Use of fly-by-night

Noun

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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fly-by-night

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fly-by-night

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

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