American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is extravagant or extreme in manner or opinions.
- n. A stock that sells well above its original value.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird that flies to a great height; hence, one who is extravagant or goes to extremes in his aims, actions, or pretensions: sometimes applied in England to a genteel beggar.
- n. One of certain geometrid moths: an English collector’ name. The ruddy high-flier is Ypsipetes ruberata; the July high-flier is Y. elutata.
- n. A phaëton with low front wheels, arched reaches, and boxes over both axles. The body was hung high upon four S-springs. It was popularized by the Prince of Wales (afterward George IV.) and other young sporting men of his day.
- n. A person who or a type of aircraft that flies at high elevations.
- n. idiomatic An ambitious person, especially one who takes risks or has an extravagant lifestyle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who is extravagant in pretensions, opinions, or manners; one who is highfaluting.
- n. a person of great ability and ambition.
- n. a person of great ability and ambition
“The effort is the latest by Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz to jumpstart revenue growth at the onetime highflier.”
“Twitter became an online highflier by letting users post 140-character messages that people started calling "tweets.”
“He said "no one could stop me when I was in the air" and there seemed to be little doubt he would be a highflier in the NBA.”
“In 1997 he hired AT&T highflier Joe Nacchio, who by 2000 had taken Qwest from 4,500 miles of fiber to 18,000 miles, an IPO and a $40 billion takeover of baby bell US West.”
“Both ReachLocal and OpenTable—like another former highflier, Netflix —are hoping that growth overseas will now help them drive sales.”
“Mr. Silverstein also has his eye on Sycamore Networks Inc., a former highflier that has been struggling to recover since its fall but has been buffered by large holdings of cash and short-term investments on its balance sheet.”
“Perhaps more shocking is the poor performance handed in by the state capital, Sacramento, a former highflier (now mired at No. 54) and San Diego, a high-tech haven with a near perfect climate (No. 48).”
“Investment banking is the third career at which the 50-year-old has proved to be a highflier.”
“Friday 's report may not be a highflier, but may be the start of better things to come.”
“In addition to Bobby, Terry, and Jerry, our team also featured Waliyy Dixon, this highflier from Linden, who ended up making a name for himself on one of those AND1 teams—the street-basketball league, which was a blend of hip-hop, the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE, and the NBA.”
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