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fly-by-night

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noun \ ˈflī-bī-ˌnīt \

Definition of fly-by-night

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

Definition of fly-by-night

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


FLY-BY-NIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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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