Synonyms of fly in English

: fly1fly2


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See Spanish definition of volar


1‘a bird flew overhead’

travel through the air, wing its way, wing, glide, soar, wheel
flutter, flit
hover, hang
take wing, take to the air, mount

2‘they flew to Paris’

go by air, travel by air, go by plane, travel by plane, jet
Indian air-dash

3‘military planes flew in food supplies’

transport by air, transport by plane, airlift, lift, jet

4‘he would pretend not to know how to fly the plane’

pilot, operate, control, manoeuvre, steer, guide, direct, navigate

5‘the ship was flying a quarantine flag’

display, show, exhibit
have hoisted, have run up

6‘the British flag flew proudly from the roof’

flutter, flap, wave, blow, waft, float, stream

7‘doesn't time fly when you're having fun?’

go quickly, fly by, fly past, pass swiftly, slip past, rush past

8‘the runners flew by’

race, hurry, hasten, flash, dash, dart, rush, shoot, speed, hurtle, streak, really move, spank along, whirl, whizz, go like lightning, go hell for leather, whoosh, buzz, zoom, swoop, blast, charge
stampede, gallop, chase, career, bustle, sweep, hare, wing, scurry, scud, scutter
informal belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip, whip, whip along, get cracking, get a move on, step on it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell
British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down
North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber
North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
literary fleet
archaic post, hie

9‘the beaten army had to fly’

flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram
British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk, leg it
North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skiddoo
Australian informal go through, shoot through
British vulgar slang bugger off
archaic levant

10‘he was forced to fly the country’

run away from, leave abruptly, leave hastily, flee, escape from
informal skip

Synonyms of fly in English

: fly1fly2


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1‘she's fly enough not to get done out of it’

shrewd, sharp, astute, acute, canny, worldly-wise, knowing, clever, sharp-witted, quick-witted, nimble-witted, wily
streetwise, not born yesterday, smart, savvy, downy, having been around, on the ball, quick on the uptake, with all one's wits about one, not missing a trick, no fool, nobody's fool
British suss, knowing how many beans make five
Scottish, Northern English pawky



    fly at

    ‘Robbie flew at him, fists clenched’

    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
    informal lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, wade into, let someone have it, beat up, jump
    British informal set about, have a go at
    North American informal light into
    fly off the handle

    ‘touch on anything emotional and Andrew flies off the handle’

    lose one's temper, become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over
    informal go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear
    British informal go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist
    North American informal flip one's wig
    Australian, New Zealand informal go crook
    vulgar slang go apeshit