high·​fli·​er | \ ˈhī-ˈflī(-ə)r How to pronounce highflier (audio) \
variants: or highflyer

Definition of highflier

1 : a stock whose price rises much more rapidly than the market average
2 : a company whose stock is a highflier
3 : an ambitiously competitive person with high aspirations

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Examples of highflier in a Sentence

one of New York's largest law firms, it attracts highfliers looking for a big-time legal career
Recent Examples on the Web The Federal Reserve lent trillions of dollars to bail out Wall Street highfliers, hoping that by stabilizing big banks, the benefits would flow through to the rest of the economy. Sheila Bair For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Sheila Bair: The Fed is making the right moves to help America's small businesses," 27 Mar. 2020 Traders have turned to derivatives to bet on the continued rise of some tech highfliers, wagering that there are even bigger gains ahead for the group. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Traders Flock to Tech Options as Stocks Soar," 20 Feb. 2020 O’Neal continued, referring to the legendary former Nets and Philadelphia 76ers highflier Julius Erving. Marc Stein, New York Times, "As Kobe Bryant Memorial Nears, Shaquille O’Neal Says: ‘I’m Hurting’," 21 Feb. 2020 Although manufacturing heavyweights delivered lackluster news, some tech highfliers outperformed, soaring to unprecedented heights. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Dow Drops 600 Points on Global Growth Concerns," 31 Jan. 2020 The implication is that as long as the Fed keeps the money flowing, and highfliers and stock repurchases continue to supercharge earnings, the party can continue. Washington Post, "Don’t Expect the Roaring ’10s for Stocks to Repeat in the ’20s," 12 Dec. 2019 The share prices of Slack and the other software highfliers were destined for wild swings. Washington Post, "Pass the Antacids for Cloud Software Stocks," 8 Sep. 2019 Zapata is not the only highflier Zapata is not the only one trying to turn science fiction into reality. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "We were promised jetpacks, and now we have them. So why isn’t anyone using them?," 18 July 2019 Profit sank 48% to $567 million, underlining daunting struggles for a company that until recently was a tech highflier. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "Nvidia’s Revenue Sinks 24%, but Wall Street Feared Worse," 14 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of highflier

circa 1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Highflier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/highflier. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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