Definition of Fly-by-night

1. Noun. A debtor who flees to avoid paying.

Generic synonyms: Debitor, Debtor



2. Adjective. (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous. "A shady operation"
Exact synonyms: Shady
Similar to: Untrustworthy, Untrusty
Derivative terms: Shadiness

3. Adjective. Ephemeral. "The symphony is no fly-by-night venture"
Similar to: Impermanent, Temporary

Definition of Fly-by-night

1. Noun. A creature which flies at night; a nocturnal flier or traveler. ¹

2. Noun. One who departs or flees at night in order to avoid creditors, law enforcement etc. (often used attributively). ¹

3. Noun. (idiomatic derogatory) A person or business that appears and disappears rapidly, or gives an impression of transience. ¹

4. Noun. (idiomatic derogatory) A traveling businessman or tradesman. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly-by-night

fluxless
fluxmeter
fluxoid
fluxomic
fluxomics
fluxon
fluxonium
fluxons
fluxtube
fluxtubes
fluxunit
fluyt
fluyts
fly
fly-box
fly-by-night (current term)
fly-by-nights
fly-case
fly-catching
fly-fish
fly-fishing
fly-half
fly-in
fly-pitch
fly-pitching
fly-posters
fly-tip
fly-tipper

Literary usage of Fly-by-night

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1. Cyclopaedia of English Literature: A Selection of the Choicest Productions by Robert Chambers, Robert Carruthers (1853)
"... We fly by night, 'mongst troops of spirits. No ring of bells to our cars sounds ; No howls of wolves, no yelp of hounds ; No, not the noise of waters' ..."

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