Definition of high-flyer in English:

high-flyer

(also high-flier)

noun

  • A person who is or has the potential to be very successful, especially academically or in business.

    • ‘Career high-flyers turning to cocaine to cope with a stressful lifestyle could find their habit spinning out of control, Merton Drug and Alcohol Action Team warned this week.’
    • ‘Private investigators are infiltrating Scottish firms to identify ambitious high-flyers and talentless time-servers for companies planning takeovers.’
    • ‘The position has proved to be a springboard to higher office in the past and holders of the post are regarded as potential high-flyers within the bank.’
    • ‘He and his staff are among the most sought-after personal trainers in the country, and Peak's clientele list reads like a who's who of film, TV and pop stars, Wall Street high-fliers and media moguls.’
    • ‘But because so many students are now achieving the highest grades there will be discussions later this year about how universities can distinguish high-flyers.’
    • ‘Other high-flyers are much in demand for their skills, which are not learned in an afternoon but come from years of hard-earned experience.’
    • ‘Highly regarded by bosses as a potential high-flyer, he moved to the business banking centre in Beechwood business park, Inverness, in 1999.’
    • ‘Unlike most corporate high-flyers who choose to travel to east Africa for a short trip, Michael Carey wasn't going on safari.’
    • ‘Karwoski, a high-flier on the Scottish business scene, was in a plane headed to New York which was swiftly grounded at Memphis airport as US air space shut down completely.’
    • ‘Mr Dean, 39, was one of a small group of business high-flyers who agreed to stay at home for 48 hours to give them a taste of what they call remote working.’
    • ‘They were academic high-flyers - absolute standouts in any crowd.’
    • ‘Margaret's mother, Lily, academic at school and picked out as a high-flyer when she joined Carlisle Health Department, emerges as a victim of her times more than of her temperament.’
    • ‘A few of their guests may well be toffs, but a lot seem to be self-made businessmen or corporate high-fliers.’
    • ‘The massive demand for tradesmen means self-employed plumbers can now earn more than many graduate high-flyers, with some in Edinburgh earning £50,000 a year.’
    • ‘But the National Union of Teachers says the high-flyers are unlikely to have the skills needed to succeed in the ‘challenging’ schools.’
    • ‘But as well as the benefit of a topnotch education, there may be other factors at play when it comes to the success of these high-flyers and science might be closer than we think to coming up with a few answers.’
    • ‘Let's look at what 2005 holds for some of Ireland's high-flyers.’
    • ‘But time is precious for these football and showbiz stars and business high-flyers.’
    • ‘The high-flyers of the MoD are no longer above the law.’
    • ‘Back then, newspapers were full of stories of City high-flyers who refused to leave the trading floor until their waters had broken and were back before their stitches healed.’
    businessman, businesswoman, business person, business executive, enterpriser, speculator, tycoon, magnate
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Pronunciation:

high-flyer

/ˌhʌɪˈflʌɪə/