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Fly

(plural flys). A hackney coach, a cab. A contraction of Fly-by-night, as sedan chairs on wheels used to be called in the regency. These “Fly-by-nights,” patronised greatly by Ge…

Flies

(See Fly.) Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894FlingFlick A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Related ContentAllusionsFor…

Lorde

Name at birth: Ella Maria Lani Yellich-O'ConnorLorde is the performing name of Ella Yellich-O'Connor, a New Zealand singer and songwriter who had an international hit with 2013's "Royals." She began w…

Lord

A nobleman. The word lord is a contraction of hlaford (Saxon for “loaf-author” or “bread-earner”). Retainers were called hlaf-ætas, or “bread-eaters.&#822…

Alfred Lord Tennyson: II

II From that time forth I would not see her more, But many weary moons I lived alone— Alone, and in the heart of the great forest. Sometimes upon the hills beside the sea All day I wa…

The Flying Wallendas

The Flying Wallendas were the most famous high-wire act of the 20th century. They worked without a safety net and were known for their high-wire headstands, bicycle rides, and especially for their acu…

The Flying Scotsman

Running between King's Cross station in London and Edinburgh, Scotland, the Flying Scotsman was a luxury express train full of amenities. It featured a hairdressing salon, a Louis the XVI–style rest…

Fly a Kite

(To). To send a begging letter to persons of a charitable reputation, or in easy circumstances, to solicit pecuniary aid, urging poverty, losses, or sickness as an excuse. (See Kite-Flying.…

Flying Colours

(To come off with). In triumph; with the flags unfurled and flying. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Flying DutchmanFly Out at A B C D E F G H I J K …

Fly Open

(To). To open suddenly, as, “the doors flew open,” “les portes s'ouvrirent,” as they do sometimes by the force of the wind. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable,…