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

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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 Nvidia had been one of tech’s highfliers, with its share price growing 10 times between early 2016 and this fall, from around $27 a share to a peak of around $280. Maria Armental, WSJ, "Cryptocurrency Hangover Weighs on Nvidia," 15 Nov. 2018 Another market highflier was WH Group Ltd., the world’s largest pork producer based in central China’s Henan province and the owner of U.S. producer Smithfield Foods. Shen Hong, WSJ, "Chinese Markets Enjoy a Rare Surge After Trump-Xi Meeting," 3 Dec. 2018 Benchmark Capital is sitting on one of the most profitable venture funds since the dot-com boom after scoring early investments in tech highfliers Uber Technologies Inc., Snap Inc. and WeWork Cos. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Benchmark Capital Stays Lean, Even After $14 Billion Bonanza," 21 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of highflier

circa 1961, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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