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send flying

Cause to be knocked or scattered about, as in She bumped into the table and sent all the papers flying. This somewhat hyperbolic idiom was first recorded in 1789.
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  • Larry went about the machinery-crowded room securing every object that a lurching ship might send flying from its place.

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