take a flier

idiom

Definition of take a flier

US, informal
: 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 + onInvestors have been unwilling to take a flier on such a small and unproven company.

Learn More about take a flier

Statistics for take a flier

Cite this Entry

“Take a flier.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%20flier. Accessed 19 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for take a flier

take a flier

Financial Definition of 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.

Source: Investing Answers

Comments on take a flier

What made you want to look up take a flier? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to insert between existing elements

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!