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Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Definitions for flit

  1. to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along: bees flitting from flower to flower.
  2. to flutter, as a bird.
  3. to pass quickly, as time: hours flitting by.

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Citations for flit
Dominion lasts until obtained -/ Possession just as long -/ But these - endowing as they flit/ Eternally belong. Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), "Dominion lasts until obtained," 1945
At every stop, she flits like a firefly -- alighting here, glowing with charm, then moving on to another voter. Helen Thorpe, "Bill Bradley's Secret Weapon," New York, 2000
Origin of flit
1150-1200
Flit entered English around 1200, and can be traced to the Old Norse flytja meaning "to carry, convey."