take a flier

Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of take a flier

US, informal

  1. :  to do something that could have either good or bad results :  to gamble on something risky He took a flier in politics soon after getting his degree. —often + on Investors have been unwilling to take a flier on such a small and unproven company.

Word by Word Definitions

takeplay
  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

flierplay
  1. :  one that flies

    :  airman

    :  an advertising circular


Financial Definition of TAKE A FLIER

take a flier

What It Is

To take a flier means to invest in a highly risky asset or to try for the first time.

How It Works

John Doe starts his own business. He looks for angel investors to give him seed capital. One day, he meets Jane Smith, who decides to take a flier on John's business by investing $50,000.

Why It Matters

When an investor takes a flier, he or she takes a big risk. Sometimes that risk pays off; sometimes it doesn't. However, the willingness to take a flier is what turns ideas into reality -- and profit.


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