Definition of flyer in English:


(also flier)


  • 1A person or thing that flies, especially in a particular way.

    ‘frequent flyers’
    • ‘Concentrate on one airline: Very frequent flyers get more free upgrades, often pay less to buy upgrades, and get preferred treatment on standby upgrade lists.’
    • ‘In my 31 years of frequent flying I've had to reassure many nervous, first time fliers that every noise and movement of the plane was normal.’
    • ‘Frequent fliers update their own information, order award tickets, and receive special offers online at virtually no cost to the airlines.’
    • ‘On a similar note, a frequent question fliers ask is whether airlines pad their schedules to ensure more on-time arrivals.’
    • ‘One airline is offering one heck of a deal for frequent flyers.’
    • ‘Airlines should be using the valuable data from frequent flyers and other passengers to conduct medical research.’
    • ‘Frequent fliers can earn a free ticket by collecting 16 credits within a 12-month period.’
    • ‘With the advent of frequent flyer programs the airlines began issuing free upgrade certificates to reward their best fliers.’
    • ‘Marjorie is a frequent flyer; she works for the airlines, in management.’
    • ‘The airplanes are nearly identical and almost naive in their low-tech approach to flight, but are great fliers.’
    • ‘Many of the travelers sitting up front are not millionaires but frequent travelers and savvy fliers.’
    • ‘Today, in 2002, it is one of the airline's key instruments for rewarding frequent flyers ' loyalty.’
    • ‘Try reassuring a nervous flier by reciting the tiny probability of an airplane crash.’
    • ‘An iris-recognition system is now being beta-tested at Heathrow by 2,000 frequent flyers from North America.’
    • ‘And it indicates that the larger Hawaiian geese were poor fliers or flightless.’
    • ‘At five U.S. airports, some frequent flyers bypass lines by becoming registered travelers.’
    • ‘Very handily for frequent flyers, it has an airplane mode, which safely turns off all radio frequency features on the phone, while allowing operation of other work or entertainment features.’
    • ‘It's an interesting point, though I'm not sure frequent business fliers would necessarily agree.’
    • ‘It is not always possible, however, which justifiably makes for some nervous fliers.’
    • ‘Airlines, too, record savings by getting their frequent flyers to handle queries over the web.’
    air traveller, air passenger, airline customer
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    1. 1.1A person who flies something, especially an aircraft.
      • ‘An avid flyer, Dunn liked to call the aircraft his ‘Flying Jeep.’’
      • ‘Rookie pilots quickly became veteran fliers learning survival in the skies.’
      • ‘Most young Air Force flyers never get this opportunity.’
      • ‘We've been having a great deal of difficulty educating our fliers that when wearing their flight suits, their sleeves must be roiled down to the wrist at all times.’
      • ‘Not until the 24th year of my service as a flyer was I assigned to an aircraft - the AC - 130-that had any lethal weapons at all.’
      • ‘She got her pilot's license in 1948 and became an accomplished stunt flier and test pilot.’
      • ‘Already a veteran of the aircraft industry, Squier had wide acquaintance among leading flyers, airline officials, and aviation executives.’
      • ‘An amateur flyer had an amazing escape when his microlight aircraft hit a power cable and plunged into a field.’
      • ‘Movie mogul Cecil B. de Mille never designed aircraft; flyer Charles Lindhberg did not make movies.’
      • ‘I am chief pilot and in charge of all other flyers, mechanics, and aircraft.’
      • ‘The American flyers were yet to have any training on the combat aircraft they would be flying against the Japanese within the month!’
      • ‘MEN who helped to win the war in the air 60 years ago were back behind the controls, as veteran flyers and aircraft took to the skies over York.’
      • ‘He is an incredible value to the operations side of the house due to missions as both a test pilot and operational flyer.’
      • ‘Another victim of the changing fortunes of war was Nedeltcho Bontchev, best remembered as the flier who miraculously survived a collision between his aircraft and an Allied bomber.’
      • ‘Yes, he was a noted flyer for the aircraft corporation.’
      • ‘He recently sold the company, where model aircraft fliers can learn the ropes.’
      • ‘He was an Air Force captain who was among the first flyers to assist the British in Egypt.’
      aviator, airman, airwoman, pilot, co-pilot, aeronaut, wingman
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    2. 1.2informal A fast-moving person or thing.
      ‘his free kick was a real flyer’
      • ‘He did not, alas, develop into a real flier; though, as he showed on Friday, he is still usefully quick.’
      • ‘They've got pace out wide with Eric Andrews, a real flyer, and a strong pack led by Tim Street, who's done it all.’
      • ‘The other, which has a 3.2-litre V6 developing 211 bhp, is a real flyer.’
  • 2A small handbill advertising an event or product.

    • ‘The announcement flyer from that event is reprinted in this issue of CNN.’
    • ‘It was also stated that small posters are actually a more effective form of advertising than flyers.’
    • ‘Prior to the event, I had to personally replace the fliers around campus advertising the Ms. Coulter's talk every day because they were repeatedly torn down or defaced.’
    • ‘We stuck up notes, handed out flyers and placed adverts in the newspapers in which we asked for help with our search.’
    • ‘Having had only about a month and a half to assemble or commission about a dozen works, the lineup is surprisingly diverse, featuring names that appear often on club and event flyers around town.’
    • ‘She apologised that on flyers advertising the big demo in London February is spelt Febraury and then sprinted out on to Oxford Road to dish them out so fast that the paper became a blur.’
    • ‘There is the usual election paraphernalia around; dozens of billboard adverts and flyers posted on lamp-posts.’
    • ‘Posters and flyers advertising the clinics and opening times are being put up in doctors' waiting rooms and GPs themselves are being reminded to give their female patients the choice of an alternative service.’
    • ‘The pad was full of celebrities who were starring in pantomimes and the glossy leaflets on his lap were flyers advertising the pantos.’
    • ‘People love the clip art and other materials for making posters and flyers to support a product or campaign.’
    • ‘The cramped office was completely papered with posters and flyers announcing events and protests for everything conceivable.’
    • ‘Jamie and a seventeen-year-old girl, Amber, were chosen to go around town and hang up flyers announcing the event.’
    • ‘We are appealing for financial support to produce flyers, posters, election advertising and other materials and for donations towards our campaign fund of €10,000.’
    • ‘The core of the course will be a publication project and will involve the production of flyers and leaflets for local charities.’
    • ‘An investigation revealed that the casual workers had been handing out fliers in Swansea advertising building work.’
    • ‘The Festival Committee has recently produced a flier detailing the main events of the Festival week.’
    • ‘They took piles of flyers and posters to advertise the Brighton protest.’
    • ‘They're offering supporters a really useful way of preventing their mailboxes from being stuffed with political flyers and party advertisements.’
    • ‘I think you described very accurately the process people have to go through to hand out flyers, to produce youth radio, to start writing, to become an editor.’
    • ‘Advertise it, and have fliers with the event's schedule.’
    handbill, bill, handout, leaflet, circular, bulletin, pamphlet, brochure, advertisement, announcement, poster, public notice
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  • 3

    short for flying start
    • ‘Wright, 19, got off to a flyer with a great start to heat two alongside teammate Simon Stead.’
    • ‘The Embsay innings got off to a flyer with Duncan Bullough and Simon Bailey putting on 74 for the first wicket before the latter departed for 23.’
    • ‘Worsley Park got off to a flier against Bolton Old Links, winning the first four matches and Screeton added a fifth point for an impressive 5-2 victory.’
    • ‘Karpov, 23, got off to a flyer with the fastest 110 hurdles of the field, 13.97 seconds for 978 points.’
    • ‘Caddick has struggled to adapt his length, the run-hungry Aussies have got off to fliers and they can't wait to get at him again at Perth.’
    • ‘Even at 31, nine years older than Diego, he was desperate to get off to a flyer and his start came on his old patch at White Hart Lane, weeks after making the switch from Spurs.’
    • ‘He became Southampton manager in March 2004 and got his Premiership campaign off to a flyer with a 2-victory over Liverpool.’
    • ‘But Durham, who had already been playing in South Africa for a week, got off to a flier as the pitch eased and a half-century from Michael Gough put them in charge.’
    • ‘Fairweather Green got off to a flyer with a John Penn goal in only 30 seconds against Calverley Victoria.’
    • ‘This season they have got off to a flier with Jon Parkin scoring three goals in their opening two games.’
    • ‘In the meantime Andy Hinchcliffe's second team got their season off to a flyer with a 40 plus points victory.’
    • ‘Silsden got off to a flyer with former Guiseley skipper James Nettleton heading in the opener following a sixth - minute corner.’
    • ‘The Keighley side got off to a flier, scoring two tries in 10 minutes to secure an early lead.’
    • ‘City got off to a flyer with Bridge-Wilkinson striking after six minutes.’
    • ‘But Fulton and Rob Key got Kent's victory bid off to a flier with an opening stand of 140 before Key was caught for 78.’
    • ‘Albion almost got off to a flier when James Nestor drove wide but Greyhound showed why they had averaged six goals a game in the competition and the home side had to survive a sticky ten minutes.’
    • ‘In previous seasons Ilkley have found it difficult to gain a points at Otley in midweek evening games but were off to a flier when Hannaford scored within the first five minutes.’
    • ‘Mexico scored the most goals of any team in World Cup qualifying, and got off to a flyer against Iran.’
    • ‘Not inexplicably, pressmen begin filing stories that would suggest the Brits are off to a flyer.’
    • ‘Mark Chilton then got Lancashire's reply off to a flier with a confident 57, sharing an opening stand of 71 with Alec Swann before Leicester hit back with three late wickets.’
  • 4North American A speculative investment.

    • ‘The biggest mystery is how these disturbing metrics failed to dissuade big investors and lenders from taking a flier on the industry.’


  • take a flyer

    • Take a chance.

      • ‘Given how much I dig that thing, I took a flyer on this one a couple of weeks ago.’
      • ‘I took a flyer and bought size 6-8.5 (I've got size 9 feet, technically, but they seem to have shrunk a size as I have shrunk) since they had none larger.’
      • ‘So now Bichot takes a flyer under the 25 km banner.’
      • ‘The 36-year-old Mills wasn't thought to have much left in the tank when the expansion Panthers took a flyer on him in '95.’
      • ‘You didn't tell us the joke-and just for the record, we're not asking-but let's take a flyer and assume it was sexist, bigoted, bawdy, scatological or all of the above.’
      • ‘But if both of those are available, I'm up for taking a flyer on all kinds of odd stuff.’
      • ‘Not that Mr. Slemmons dislikes the work of a previously unknown artist, it's just that he prefers to invest in blue chips rather than take a flyer on a risky biotech stock.’
      • ‘The booming economy has been good news for the consumer electronics industry by making many feel flush enough to take a flyer on expensive new technology.’
      • ‘Surely a professional baseball team would take a flyer on him - draft him in, say, the 53rd round in the June 1978 free-agent draft.’
      • ‘Krispy Kreme grew when people willing to take a flyer on a new donut bit one.’
      • ‘What does it take to get a studio to take a flyer, take some risk these days?’
      • ‘Having expressed a reluctance to leave his homeland, Cechmanek wasn't even drafted until Philadelphia took a flyer in the sixth round of last year's draft.’
      • ‘If the guy wants to take a flyer, give him the credit or the blame.’
      • ‘If publishers have always been willing to take a flyer on a new, exciting voice, first-time authors suddenly became something irresistible.’
      • ‘If the market hasn't fallen in this long, can you blame anyone for taking a flyer on stocks?’
      • ‘Folks seem not to mind too much taking a flyer in the stock market, having their heads handed to them on a plate, and then moving on.’
      • ‘But, after posting a H / 9 of 10.80 in the FSL, the chance of a team taking a flyer isn't great.’
      take a chance, take a risk, take a leap in the dark, leave things to chance, speculate, venture, buy a pig in a poke
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