Definition of fly at in English:

fly at

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phrasal verb

  • 1fly at someoneAttack someone verbally or physically.

    ‘Robbie flew at him, fists clenched’
    • ‘But springing back up, the teen didn't even miss a beat before he was flying at Greg again, fist raised for the attack.’
    • ‘She is locked up after flying at John Reed who beat her.’
    • ‘She flew at her father, beating him.’
    • ‘Diana's eyes popped open and in a mindless rage she flew at him, beating her fists on everything she could reach.’
    • ‘She flew at one of the attackers.’
    • ‘Before I can even think about it, I fly at him, with the express purpose of attacking him and leaving him nothing less than a non-breathing entity.’
    • ‘Malcolm hadn't moved an inch, even as I'd been flying at him.’
    attack, assault, make an assault on, launch an attack on, pounce on, set upon, launch oneself at, weigh into, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, strike out at, beset, belabour, fall on, accost, mug, charge, rush, storm
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    1. 1.1fly at something(of a hawk) pursue and attack prey.
      ‘Suddenly the hawk flies at something a long way off. It's a squirrel running on the ground.’
      • ‘He compared the actions of parliament to a hawk flying at a covey of partridge.’