Definition of take a flyer in English:

take a flyer

phrase

North American
  • Take a chance.

    • ‘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 if both of those are available, I'm up for taking a flyer on all kinds of odd stuff.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But, after posting a H / 9 of 10.80 in the FSL, the chance of a team taking a flyer isn't great.’
    • ‘Given how much I dig that thing, I took a flyer on this one a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘If the guy wants to take a flyer, give him the credit or the blame.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘What does it take to get a studio to take a flyer, take some risk these days?’
    • ‘If publishers have always been willing to take a flyer on a new, exciting voice, first-time authors suddenly became something irresistible.’
    • ‘Krispy Kreme grew when people willing to take a flyer on a new donut bit one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If the market hasn't fallen in this long, can you blame anyone for taking a flyer on stocks?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So now Bichot takes a flyer under the 25 km banner.’
    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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