Definition of kite-flying in English:



  • 1The action of flying a kite on a string.

    ‘Hundreds flock to the beach for picnics, kite-flying and watersports, including windsurfers who take full advantage of a brisk prevailing wind.’
    • ‘Soccer was an early passion, followed by badminton, kite-flying and cricket.’
    • ‘Although hardly an extreme sport, kite-flying can have its moments.’
    • ‘There is a superb children's programme that covers everything from kite-flying to karting.’
    • ‘Professional and amateurs can show off their kite-flying skills.’
    1. 1.1The action of trying something out to test public opinion.
      ‘The Home Secretary's briefings may be kite-flying and he may go for voluntary ID cards.’
      • ‘To say things about the death penalty now amounts to kite-flying.’
      • ‘A lot of kite-flying is going on about these transfers.’
      • ‘His comments last week indicate that process has moved on from the kite-flying stage.’
      • ‘It was a kite-flying exercise, of course, and various denials, bouts of backtracking and clarifications ensued.’
      • ‘We must hope that the story is just kite-flying by a Government looking at all the options for public expenditure savings, no matter how lacking in logic.’
    2. 1.2 informal The fraudulent writing or using of a check, bill, or receipt.



/ˈkītˌflīiNG/ /ˈkaɪtˌflaɪɪŋ/