Definition of Fly in the teeth of

1. Verb. Go against. "This action flies in the face of the agreement"

Exact synonyms: Fly In The Face Of
Generic synonyms: Break, Go Against, Violate

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fly In The Teeth Of

fly blind
fly blister
fly box
fly boxes
fly bridge
fly by
fly by the seat of one's pants
fly casting
fly contact
fly fishing
fly front
fly high
fly honeysuckle
fly in the face of
fly in the ointment
fly in the teeth of (current term)
fly into a rage
fly like a rock
fly low
fly off
fly off the handle
fly on
fly on the wall
fly open
fly orchid
fly out
fly out of the traps
fly outs
fly poison
fly rod

Literary usage of Fly in the teeth of

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Struggle of '72: The Issues and Candidates of the Present Political Campaign by Everett Chamberlin (1872)
"It will be seen that the philosopher and presidential candidate avows very emphatically his purpose to fly in the teeth of the prejudices of the great ..."

2. Learning to Fly in the U. S. Army: A Manual of Aviation Practice by Elisha Noel Fales (1917)
"Of course if one has to fly in the teeth of a wind and can choose one's own altitude, it is desirable to fly low where the head wind has its smaller ..."

3. Dry-fly Fishing in Theory and Practice by Frederic Michael Halford (1889)
"A slight wind behind, as in the ordinary switch, materially assists the angler, and it is impossible to switch a dry-fly in the teeth of a strong adverse ..."

4. Frank Forester's Fish and Fishing of the United States and British Provinces by Henry William Herbert (1859)
"Again, it is important to be able to throw a fly in the teeth of the wind, which, when done properly, often lifts the very best fish. It is not difficult, ..."

5. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1826)
"... have uttered such absurdities \ They not only outrage common sense, but they fly in the teeth of the most decisive demonstration. ..."

6. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1902)
"1 cannot concur in the judgment of the court, because it seems to me to fly in the teeth of the statute of frauds. This statute, originally Stat. 29 Car. ..."

7. Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1910)
"“—BRINE, MARY PUSEY, 1900, The Story of Dr. Pusey's Life, ed. Trench, p. 535. GENERAL To fly in the teeth of English ..."

8. History of England from the Accession of James I to the Outbreak of the by Samuel Rawson Gardiner (1908)
"What right had they to fly in the teeth of both King David and King James ? Whoever brought in the bill was a Puritan and a disturber of the peace. ..."

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