high·​fli·​er | \ˈhī-ˈflī(-ə)r \
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

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Equal weight indexes own the same amount of all stocks and so are not overexposed to market highfliers. Norm Alster, New York Times, "Stampede of Tech Giants Gives Rebalancing New Appeal," 12 Jan. 2018 The Fool responds: Back before the internet stock bubble burst, optical networking specialist JDS Uniphase was one of the biggest highfliers, topping $1,100 per share at one point and sporting a market value around $125 billion. The Motley Fool, The Seattle Times, "The Motley Fool: Terminally ill selling insurance policy," 17 Feb. 2018 Chinese banking regulators last month ordered banks to scrutinize loans to Anbang and other highfliers including airlines-and-hotels conglomerate HNA Group, which has pulled back on overseas investments. Chao Deng, WSJ, "Xi’s Sign-Off Deals Blow to China Inc.’s Global Spending Spree," 23 July 2017 Many highfliers from when commodities and hedge funds were hot during the oil and gas boom have closed or wound down much of their business in recent years, including SandRidge Capital LP, Roaring Fork Advisors and AAA Capital Management Advisors. Timothy Puko, WSJ, "Bill Perkins Is the ‘Last Cowboy’ Betting on Volatile Gas Markets," 4 Aug. 2017 Growth investing 101 By comparison, growth investors often chase the market’s highfliers. Anna-louise Jackson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Value vs. Growth: 2 investing styles explained," 6 Aug. 2017 The coming age of driverless cars has typically centered on Silicon Valley highfliers like Tesla, Uber and Google, which have showcased their autonomous driving technology in luxury sedans and sport utility vehicles costing $100,000 or more. Mark Scott, New York Times, "The Future of European Transit: Driverless and Utilitarian," 28 May 2017 Those with heavy positions in former Nasdaq highfliers haven’t made the cut. Joanna Glasner, WIRED, "Uh-Oh, It’s Earnings Time Again," 9 July 2001 Then shares and notes of units of Dalian Wanda Group, another highflier, plunged based on mere rumors that banks were dumping its bonds, which the company denied. Michael Schuman, Bloomberg.com, "What South Korea’s 1997 Meltdown Can Teach China in 2017," 29 June 2017

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First Known Use of highflier

circa 1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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