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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flew open
▪ The bar door flew open and a noisy group burst in.
▪ A bird flew by and saw one of the half-eaten calves that I had dug up.
▪ And the reindeer fair flew down Artisan View now the weight had gone out of their sack.
▪ How could a philosophy of government that flew in the face of liberal pessimism win votes?
▪ Janir never flew into tantrums the way Teague did.
▪ Like maybe a bill, or a mortgage statement that somehow flew out the window.
▪ They flew barrage balloons, commissioned perspectives and held a public inquiry.
▪ Varney shot up out of his chair; kicked it aside and flew out the door.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fly \Fly\ (fl[imac]), v. i. [imp. Flew (fl[=u]); p. p. Flown (fl[=o]n); p. pr. & vb. n. Flying.] [OE. fleen, fleen, fleyen, flegen, AS. fle['o]gan; akin to D. vliegen, OHG. fliogan, G. fliegen, Icel. flj[=u]ga, Sw. flyga, Dan. flyve, Goth. us-flaugjan to cause to fly away, blow about, and perh. to L. pluma feather, E. plume. [root]84. Cf. Fledge, Flight, Flock of animals.]

  1. To move in or pass through the air with wings, as a bird.

  2. To move through the air or before the wind; esp., to pass or be driven rapidly through the air by any impulse.

  3. To float, wave, or rise in the air, as sparks or a flag.

    Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
    --Job v. 7.

  4. To move or pass swiftly; to hasten away; to circulate rapidly; as, a ship flies on the deep; a top flies around; rumor flies.

    Fly, envious Time, till thou run out thy race.

    The dark waves murmured as the ships flew on.

  5. To run from danger; to attempt to escape; to flee; as, an enemy or a coward flies. See Note under Flee.

    Fly, ere evil intercept thy flight.

    Whither shall I fly to escape their hands ?

  6. To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly; -- usually with a qualifying word; as, a door flies open; a bomb flies apart. To fly about (Naut.), to change frequently in a short time; -- said of the wind. To fly around, to move about in haste. [Colloq.] To fly at, to spring toward; to rush on; to attack suddenly. To fly in the face of, to insult; to assail; to set at defiance; to oppose with violence; to act in direct opposition to; to resist. To fly off, to separate, or become detached suddenly; to revolt. To fly on, to attack. To fly open, to open suddenly, or with violence. To fly out.

    1. To rush out.

    2. To burst into a passion; to break out into license. To let fly.

      1. To throw or drive with violence; to discharge. ``A man lets fly his arrow without taking any aim.''

      2. (Naut.) To let go suddenly and entirely; as, to let fly the sheets.


Flew \Flew\, imp. of Fly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

past tense of fly (v.1).


vb. (en-simple pastfly)

  1. adj. (British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked

  2. [also: flown, flew]

  1. v. travel through the air; be airborne; "Man cannot fly" [syn: wing]

  2. move quickly or suddenly; "He flew about the place"

  3. fly a plane [syn: aviate, pilot]

  4. transport by aeroplane; "We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America"

  5. cause to fly or float; "fly a kite"

  6. be dispersed or disseminated; "Rumors and accusations are flying"

  7. change quickly from one emotional state to another; "fly into a rage"

  8. pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him" [syn: fell, vanish]

  9. travel in an airplane; "she is flying to Cincinnati tonight"; "Are we driving or flying?"

  10. display in the air or cause to float; "fly a kite"; "All nations fly their flags in front of the U.N."

  11. run away quickly; "He threw down his gun and fled" [syn: flee, take flight]

  12. travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft; "Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic"

  13. hit a fly

  14. decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized" [syn: vanish, vaporize]

  15. [also: flown, flew]

  1. n. two-winged insects characterized by active flight

  2. flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent [syn: tent-fly, rainfly, fly sheet, tent flap]

  3. an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth [syn: fly front]

  4. (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air [syn: fly ball]

  5. fisherman's lure consisting of a fishhook decorated to look like an insect

  6. [also: flown, flew]


See fly


Flew may refer to:

  • Past participle of the verb "to fly", relating to flight
  • Antony Flew, British philosopher who renounced his atheism
  • Terry Flew, Australian professor of media and communication
  • Flews, a part of canid anatomy.

Usage examples of "flew".

Our mooncalf swears that she did see Raena standing naked on the back garden wall, and then she turned herself into a big raven and flew off.

To avoid them he flew above the dirt roads, but even they sported a faint russet glow.

Little red wyverns flew on one side, while the ships of Cerrmor still sailed on the other.

They fell, flew, climbed, sailed - all these at once on the violet wind past images, faces, stars, words, animals, sigils while the wind howled with a thousand voices, all incomprehensible.

He called out in the harsh voice of a red hawk and flew, flapping hard to gain height.

As he flew toward the mists, it seemed they rose up to meet him, blotting out the illusion of blue sky.

Whenever he came this way, whether he flew or walked the mothers of all roads, he hunted for his brother, who had chosen to work mischief in the lands of men.

As he flew, his mind turned to his fears, just as a man will constantly touch a boil upon his neck to make sure that it still torments him.

With a huge flap of wings the dragon rose and flew off, heading south and east.

As if in answer, Arzosah spread her wings, leapt, and flew, circling the dun once and heading off to the west.

At their approach birds broke cover and flew, grouse with a whirr of wings, the occasional lark, winging up on a spiral of song.

When I was searching for the hag Alshandra, back last summer, I flew beyond my lands and into a dead place, all barren rock and sand, where ugly creatures lived, mostly under the rocks.

Evandar, however, had forgotten that the mist would blind any creature who flew so high above the ground.

They swooped into the fog, flew some ways in the blind grey, then swooped out again.

Arzosah pulled up, gained height in a mad flap of wings, and flew fast away, chortling to herself.