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fly-by-night definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous; "a shady operation" [syn: fly-by-night, shady]
2: ephemeral; "the symphony is no fly-by-night venture" n
1: a debtor who flees to avoid paying

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Date: 1822 1. one that seeks to evade responsibilities and especially creditors by flight 2. one without established reputation or standing; especially a shaky business enterprise II. adjective Date: 1914 1. given to making a quick profit usually by shady or irresponsible acts 2. transitory, passing <fly-by-night fashions>

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

A fly-by-night businessman is someone who wants to make money very quickly, without caring about the quality or honesty of the service they offer. (INFORMAL) ...fly-by-night operators who fail to complete jobs. = cowboy ADJ: ADJ n [disapproval]

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

You old fly-by-night; an ancient term of reproach to an old woman, signifying that she was a witch, and alluding to the nocturnal excursions attributed to witches, who were supposed to fly abroad to their meetings, mounted on brooms.

Moby Thesaurus

brittle, capricious, changeable, corruptible, deciduous, dying, ephemeral, evanescent, fading, fickle, fleeting, flitting, flying, fragile, frail, fugacious, fugitive, impermanent, impetuous, impulsive, inconstant, insubstantial, irresponsible, momentary, mortal, mutable, nondurable, nonpermanent, passing, perishable, short-lived, temporal, temporary, transient, transitive, transitory, trustless, undependable, undurable, unenduring, unfaithworthy, unreliable, unstable, unsure, untrustworthy, untrusty, volatile




 


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