Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. Scots To frighten.

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  • v. To frighten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See flay.
  • n. An obsolete preterit of fly.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English fleien, from Old English flȳgan, flēgan; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.

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From Middle English fleien, from Old English flēgan.

Examples

  • In accord with my mother's advice I had endeavoured to cherish an affection for my uncle, yet withal there was something about the man that misliked me much, and, to speak straight to the point, that actually 'fley'd' me, for he would gloat o 'night over his glass of toddy on any scandal afloat concerning the' unco guid, 'and would speak with tongue i' the cheek of virtue in general, as if indeed hypocrisy were the true king of this world.

    Border Ghost Stories

  • Wun I bin do dat, I is fley 'roun' da 'lilly gal so long tam, un I yeddy' im talk wit 'turrer gal.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Myths and Legends of the Old Plantation

  • In the protection of his garden-crops from the ravages of the birds, he invented a strange sort of “fley-craw,” which moved its arms with the wind; and he fastened his garden-door by means of a piece of ingenious mechanism, so that no one but himself could enter it.

    Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson

  • We'l fley these beer-bellied rogues, come away quickly.

    Rule a Wife, and Have a Wife Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (3 of 10)

  • They swear they will fley us, and then dry our Quarters:

    The False One

  • "Let's hope you're a better guide than constable, young man, or, as that old fellow said in the road this morning, we'll fley the bird and not grip him.

    The Shadow of a Crime A Cumbrian Romance

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