Synonyms of fly in English

: fly1fly2


See definition of fly


1‘a bird flew overhead’


travel through the air, wing its way, wing, glide, soar, wheel

flutter, flit

hover, hang

take wing, take to the air, mount

2‘they flew to Paris’


go by air, travel by air, go by plane, travel by plane, jet

Indian air-dash

3‘military planes flew in food supplies’


transport by air, transport by plane, airlift, lift, jet

4‘he would pretend not to know how to fly the plane’


pilot, operate, control, manoeuvre, steer, guide, direct, navigate

5‘the ship was flying a quarantine flag’


display, show, exhibit

have hoisted, have run up

6‘the British flag flew proudly from the roof’


flutter, flap, wave, blow, waft, float, stream

7‘doesn't time fly when you're having fun?’


go quickly, fly by, fly past, pass swiftly, slip past, rush past

8‘the runners flew by’


race, hurry, hasten, flash, dash, dart, rush, shoot, speed, hurtle, streak, really move, spank along, whirl, whizz, go like lightning, go hell for leather, whoosh, buzz, zoom, swoop, blast, charge

stampede, gallop, chase, career, bustle, sweep, hare, wing, scurry, scud, scutter

informal belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip, whip, whip along, get cracking, get a move on, step on it, burn rubber, go like a bat out of hell

British informal bomb, bucket, shift, put one's foot down

North American informal clip, boogie, hightail, barrel, lay rubber

North American vulgar slang drag ass, haul ass, tear ass

literary fleet

archaic post, hie

9‘the beaten army had to fly’


flee, run, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, take flight, be gone, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, absent oneself, make oneself scarce, abscond, head for the hills, do a disappearing act

informal beat it, clear off, clear out, vamoose, skedaddle, split, cut and run, leg it, show a clean pair of heels, turn tail, scram

British informal do a runner, scarper, do a bunk

North American informal light out, bug out, cut out, peel out, take a powder, skidoo

Australian informal go through, shoot through

vulgar slang bugger off


10‘he was forced to fly the country’


run away from, leave abruptly, leave hastily, flee, escape from

informal skip

Synonyms of fly in English

: fly1fly2


See definition of fly


1‘she's fly enough not to get done out of it’


shrewd, sharp, astute, acute, canny, worldly-wise, knowing, clever, sharp-witted, quick-witted, nimble-witted, wily

streetwise, not born yesterday, smart, savvy, downy, having been around, on the ball, quick on the uptake, with all one's wits about one, not missing a trick, no fool, nobody's fool

suss, knowing how many beans make five

Northern English Scottish pawky




    fly at

      ‘Robbie flew at him, fists clenched’


      attack, assault, make an assault on, launch an attack on, pounce on, set upon, set about, launch oneself at, weigh into, let fly at, turn on, round on, lash out at, hit out at, strike out at, beset, belabour, fall on, accost, mug, charge, rush, storm


      lay into, tear into, lace into, sail into, pitch into, get stuck into, wade into, let someone have it, beat up, jump

      British informal

      have a go at

      North American informal

      light into

    fly off the handle

      ‘touch on anything emotional and Andrew flies off the handle’


      lose one's temper, become very angry, fly into a rage, explode, blow up, erupt, lose control, go berserk, breathe fire, begin to rant and rave, flare up, boil over

      go mad, go crazy, go wild, go bananas, have a fit, see red, blow one's top, blow a fuse, blow a gasket, do one's nut, hit the roof, go through the roof, go up the wall, go off the deep end, lose one's cool, go ape, flip, flip one's lid, lose one's rag, lose it, freak out, be fit to be tied, be foaming at the mouth, burst a blood vessel, get one's dander up, go non-linear


      go spare, go crackers, throw a wobbly, get one's knickers in a twist

      North American

      flip one's wig

      NZ Australian

      go crook

      vulgar slang

      go apeshit