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flying kite

noun, Nautical.
any of various sails set above the royals or skysails in light weather; jolly jumper.
any of various light upper staysails, studdingsails, or jibs.
(in yachting) any of various racing sails, as spinnakers or balloon jibs.
Also called kite.
Origin of flying kite
1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It is very destructive to the flying-kite school, and many lives have been sacrificed by it.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • There was a good deal of special skill required for the production of a flying-kite.

    Stories of Invention Edward E. Hale

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