Flee vs. Fly

Flee vs. Fly — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Flee and Fly

Fleeverb

To run away, as from trouble or danger

fled from the house into the night.

Flyverb

To move through the air by means of wings or winglike parts.

Fleeverb

To pass swiftly away; vanish

"of time fleeing beneath him" (William Faulkner).

Flyverb

To travel by air

We flew to Dallas.

Fleeverb

To run away from

flee the scene of an accident.

Flyverb

To operate an aircraft or spacecraft.

Fleeverb

(intransitive) To run away; to escape.

The prisoner tried to flee, but was caught by the guards.

Flyverb

To rise in or be carried through the air by the wind

a kite flying above the playground.

Fleeverb

(transitive) To escape from.

Many people fled the country as war loomed.Thousands of people moved northward trying to flee the drought.

Flyverb

To float or flap in the air

pennants flying from the masthead.

Fleeverb

(intransitive) To disappear quickly; to vanish.

Ethereal products flee once freely exposed to air.

Flyverb

To move or be sent through the air with great speed

bullets flying in every direction.a plate that flew from my hands when I stumbled.

Fleeverb

run away quickly;

He threw down his gun and fled

Flyverb

To move with great speed; rush or dart

The children flew down the hall.

Flyverb

To be communicated to many people

Rumors are flying about their breakup.

Flyverb

To flee; escape.

Flyverb

To hasten; spring

flew to her students' defense.

Flyverb

To pass by swiftly

a vacation flying by.

Flyverb

To be dissipated; vanish

All his money has flown.

Flyverb

past tense and past participle flied (flīd) Baseball To hit a fly ball.

Flyverb

To shatter or explode

The dropped plate flew into pieces.

Flyverb

To become suddenly emotional, especially angry

The driver flew into a rage.

Flyverb

(Informal) To gain acceptance or approval; go over

"However sophisticated the reasoning, this particular notion may not fly" (New York Times).

Flyverb

To cause to fly or float in the air

fly a kite.fly a flag.

Flyverb

(Nautical) To operate under (a particular flag)

a tanker that flies the Liberian flag.

Flyverb

To pilot (an aircraft or spacecraft).

Flyverb

To carry or transport in an aircraft or spacecraft

fly emergency supplies to a stricken area.

Flyverb

To pass over or through in flight

flew the coastal route in record time.

Flyverb

To perform in a spacecraft or aircraft

flew six missions into space.

Flyverb

To flee or run from

fly a place in panic.

Flyverb

To avoid; shun

fly temptation.

Flynoun

The act of flying; flight.

Flynoun

The opening, or the fastening that closes this opening, on the front of a pair of pants.

Flynoun

The flap of cloth that covers this opening.

Flynoun

A piece of protective fabric secured over a tent and often extended over the entrance.

Flynoun

A flyleaf.

Flynoun

(Baseball) A fly ball.

Flynoun

(Sports) In swimming, butterfly.

Flynoun

The span of a flag from the staff to the outer edge.

Flynoun

The outer edge of a flag.

Flynoun

A flywheel.

Flynoun

flies The area directly over the stage of a theater, containing overhead lights, drop curtains, and equipment for raising and lowering sets.

Flynoun

Chiefly British A one-horse carriage, especially one for hire.

Flynoun

Any of numerous two-winged insects of the order Diptera, especially any of the family Muscidae, which includes the housefly.

Flynoun

Any of various other flying insects, such as a caddisfly.

Flynoun

A fishing lure simulating something a fish eats, such as a mayfly or a minnow, made by attaching materials such as feathers, tinsel, and colored thread to a fishhook.

Flyadjective

Chiefly British Mentally alert; sharp.

Flyadjective

(Slang) Fashionable; stylish.

Flynoun

(zoology) Any insect of the order Diptera; characterized by having two wings (except for some wingless species), also called true flies.

Flynoun

(non-technical) Especially, any of the insects of the family Muscidae, such as the common housefly (other families of Diptera include mosquitoes and midges).

Flynoun

Any similar, but unrelated insect such as dragonfly or butterfly.

Flynoun

(fishing) A lightweight fishing lure resembling an insect.

Flynoun

(weightlifting) A chest exercise performed by moving extended arms from the sides to in front of the chest. (also flye)

Flynoun

(obsolete) A witch's familiar.

Flynoun

(obsolete) A parasite.

Flynoun

(swimming) The butterfly stroke (plural is normally flys)

Flynoun

A simple dance in which the hands are shaken in the air, popular in the 1960s.

Flynoun

(obsolete) The action of flying; flight.

Flynoun

An act of flying.

We had a quick half-hour fly back into the city.There was a good wind, so I decided to give the kite a fly.

Flynoun

(baseball) A fly ball.

Flynoun

A type of small, fast carriage (sometimes pluralised flys).

Flynoun

A piece of canvas that covers the opening at the front of a tent.

Flynoun

(often plural) A strip of material (sometimes hiding zippers or buttons) at the front of a pair of trousers, pants, underpants, bootees, etc.

Ha-ha! Your flies are undone!

Flynoun

The free edge of a flag.

Flynoun

The horizontal length of a flag.

Flynoun

(weightlifting) An exercise that involves wide opening and closing of the arms perpendicular to the shoulders.

Flynoun

The part of a vane pointing the direction from which the wind blows.

Flynoun

(nautical) That part of a compass on which the points are marked; the compass card.

Flynoun

Two or more vanes set on a revolving axis, to act as a fanner, or to equalize or impede the motion of machinery by the resistance of the air, as in the striking part of a clock.

Flynoun

A heavy wheel, or cross arms with weights at the ends on a revolving axis, to regulate or equalize the motion of machinery by means of its inertia, where the power communicated, or the resistance to be overcome, is variable, as in the steam engine or the coining press. See flywheel.

Flynoun

(historical) A light horse-drawn carriage that can be hired for transportation.

Flynoun

In a knitting machine, the piece hinged to the needle, which holds the engaged loop in position while the needle is penetrating another loop; a latch.

Flynoun

The pair of arms revolving around the bobbin, in a spinning wheel or spinning frame, to twist the yarn.

Flynoun

(weaving) A shuttle driven through the shed by a blow or jerk.

Flynoun

The person who took the printed sheets from the press.

Flynoun

A vibrating frame with fingers, attached to a power printing press for doing the same work.

Flynoun

One of the upper screens of a stage in a theatre.

Flynoun

(cotton manufacture) waste cotton

Flynoun

A wing.

The bullet barely grazed the wild fowl's fly.

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel through the air, another gas, or a vacuum, without being in contact with a grounded surface.

Birds of passage fly to warmer regions as it gets colder in winter.The Concorde flew from Paris to New York faster than any other passenger airplane.It takes about eleven hours to fly from Frankfurt to Hongkong.The little fairy flew home on the back of her friend, the giant eagle.

Flyverb

To flee, to escape (from).

Fly, my lord! The enemy are upon us!

Flyverb

To cause to fly travel or float in the air: to transport via air or the like.

Charles Lindbergh flew his airplane The Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic ocean.Why don’t you go outside and fly kites, kids? The wind is just perfect.Birds fly their prey to their nest to feed it to their young.Each day the post flies thousands of letters around the globe.

Flyverb

To be accepted, come about or work out.

Let's see if that idea flies.You know, I just don't think that's going to fly. Why don't you spend your time on something better?

Flyverb

(intransitive) To travel very fast, hasten.

Flyverb

To move suddenly, or with violence; to do an act suddenly or swiftly.

a door flies open;a bomb flies apart

Flyverb

To display (a flag) on a flagpole.

Flyverb

To hunt with a hawk.

Flyverb

To hit a fly ball; to hit a fly ball that is caught for an out. Compare ground (verb) and line (verb).

Jones flied to right in his last at-bat.

Flyadjective

Quick-witted, alert, mentally sharp.

Flyadjective

(slang) Well dressed, smart in appearance; in style, cool.

He's pretty fly.

Flyadjective

(slang) Beautiful; displaying physical beauty.

Flyadjective

Sneaky

Flynoun

two-winged insects characterized by active flight

Flynoun

flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent

Flynoun

an opening in a garment that is closed by a zipper or buttons concealed by a fold of cloth

Flynoun

(baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

Flynoun

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

Flyverb

travel through the air; be airborne;

Man cannot fly

Flyverb

move quickly or suddenly;

He flew about the place

Flyverb

fly a plane

Flyverb

transport by aeroplane;

We fly flowers from the Caribbean to North America

Flyverb

cause to fly or float;

fly a kite

Flyverb

be dispersed or disseminated;

Rumors and accusations are flying

Flyverb

change quickly from one emotional state to another;

fly into a rage

Flyverb

pass away rapidly;

Time flies like an arrowTime fleeing beneath him

Flyverb

travel in an airplane;

she is flying to Cincinnati tonightAre we driving or flying?

Flyverb

display in the air or cause to float;

fly a kiteAll nations fly their flags in front of the U.N.

Flyverb

run away quickly;

He threw down his gun and fled

Flyverb

travel over (an area of land or sea) in an aircraft;

Lindbergh was the first to fly the Atlantic

Flyverb

hit a fly

Flyverb

decrease rapidly and disappear;

the money vanished in las Vegasall my stock assets have vaporized

Flyadjective

(British informal) not to be deceived or hoodwinked