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flier

or flyer

[flahy-er] /ˈflaɪ ər/
noun
1.
something that flies, as a bird or insect.
2.
an aviator or pilot.
3.
an airplane passenger, especially one who travels regularly by air.
4.
a person or thing that moves with great speed.
5.
some part of a machine having a rapid motion.
6.
a small handbill; circular.
7.
Informal. a flying jump or leap:
He took a flier off the bridge.
8.
Informal. a risky or speculative venture:
Our flier in uranium stocks was a disaster.
9.
one of the steps in a straight flight of stairs.
Compare winder (def 2).
10.
a trapeze artist; aerialist.
11.
a silvery-green sunfish, Centrarchus macropterus, found from Virginia to Florida and through the lower Mississippi valley.
Origin of flier
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English; see fly1, -er1
Can be confused
flier, flyer.
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  • The older man looked around the littered courtyard, then at the flier which Don had pushed out of its cover.

    The Best Made Plans Everett B. Cole
  • Then he saw that the magnet was fast to the side of the flier, near the stern.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • The operator or flier lay face downward in the center of the lower plane.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • Had it been possible, he might have tried to leave the flier.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • But you are not exactly quite the flier at cricket that you are at 'footer,' so you can't afford to slack up now.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
British Dictionary definitions for flier

flier

/ˈflaɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of flyer
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Word Origin and History for flier
n.

see flyer.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for flier

flier

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flyer

flyer

noun

A trapeze performer (1890s+ Circus)

Related Terms

take a flyer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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