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fly-by-night

noun \ ˈflī-bī-ˌnīt \
1 : one that seeks to evade responsibilities and especially creditors by flight
2 : one without established reputation or standing; especially : a shaky business enterprise

First Known Use of fly-by-night

1822

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fly-by-night

adjective
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

1914

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FLY-BY-NIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

fly-by-night

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


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