Definition of fly a kite in English:

fly a kite


  • Try something out to test public opinion.

    • ‘Here he is flying a kite on nationalising public hospitals - not endorsing it and not dismissing it either!’
    • ‘A day later, the governing body's chairman, Geoff Thompson, flew a kite: that Keegan may need ‘a little help’ in integrating the country's leading coaches into service for the international side.’
    • ‘However, industry insiders have say that the company is flying a kite to see if this plan provokes any interest among operators.’
    • ‘Of course, the company could just be flying a kite, but the inclusion of high-resolution pictures suggests PalmOne conived in their publication.’
    • ‘I discussed the situation with Henrik Larsson and flew a kite about him going to Barcelona.’