One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The action of flying a kite on a string.
- ‘Professional and amateurs can show off their kite-flying skills.’
- ‘There is a superb children's programme that covers everything from kite-flying to karting.’
- ‘Although hardly an extreme sport, kite-flying can have its moments.’
- ‘Hundreds flock to the beach for picnics, kite-flying and watersports, including windsurfers who take full advantage of a brisk prevailing wind.’
- ‘Soccer was an early passion, followed by badminton, kite-flying and cricket.’
- 1.1 The action of trying something out to test public opinion.
- ‘It was a kite-flying exercise, of course, and various denials, bouts of backtracking and clarifications ensued.’
- ‘To say things about the death penalty now amounts to kite-flying.’
- ‘A lot of kite-flying is going on about these transfers.’
- ‘We must hope that the story is just kite-flying by a Government looking at all the options for public expenditure savings, no matter how lacking in logic.’
- ‘The Home Secretary's briefings may be kite-flying and he may go for voluntary ID cards.’
- ‘His comments last week indicate that process has moved on from the kite-flying stage.’
- 1.2informal The fraudulent writing or using of a check, bill, or receipt.
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