To fly a kite
Fly Fly, v. t. 1. To cause to fly or to float in the air, as a bird, a kite, a flag, etc. [1913 Webster]

The brave black flag I fly. --W. S. Gilbert. [1913 Webster]

2. To fly or flee from; to shun; to avoid. [1913 Webster]

Sleep flies the wretch. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

To fly the favors of so good a king. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To hunt with a hawk. [Obs.] --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

4. To manage (an aircraft) in flight; as, to fly an a["e]roplane. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

{To fly a kite} (Com.), to raise money on commercial notes. [Cant or Slang] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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