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fly by


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fly by pass by while flying "An enemy plane flew by"
    • v fly by move by very quickly
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  • Francis Bacon
    “Suspicion amongst thoughts are like bats amongst birds, they never fly by twilight.”
  • Richard Bach
    “To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is. He said, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.”
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes
    “A goose flies by a chart which the Royal Geographical Society could not mend.”


Fly by the seat of one's pants - If you fly by the seat of one's pants, you do something difficult even though you don't have the experience or training required.


In literature:

Fish may be infected by flies, and in consequence will undergo rapid decomposition.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
This too was borne out, the contents sent flying amongst the trees close by, and the basket brought back, like the big jar, replenished.
"Trapped by Malays" by George Manville Fenn
He killed a swan that happened to be flying by, and twenty brace of ducks in the stream.
"The Myth of Hiawatha, and Other Oral Legends, Mythologic and Allegoric, of the North American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
He flies along the routes by which he has so often pursued; alas!
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Then the dragon-fly devours what it catches by these strong-toothed jaws.
"Little Busybodies" by Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
This air is kept from flying off by the force of gravity.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Occasionally one of them, tortured by flies, dropped to earth, and rolled and tore the sod, till a dome of dust arose and hid him.
"A Daughter of the Middle Border" by Hamlin Garland
Horses destroyed by flies in La Plata, 72.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Tuttle justified the hopeless ones by popping a dinky little fly into Sanger's hands.
"Rival Pitchers of Oakdale" by Morgan Scott
Some were taught flying by their officers, and later qualified as pilots.
"Opportunities in Aviation" by Arthur Sweetser
However, he was never to deliver that message, for the horse lines had been stampeded by the first wave of flying men.
"Ride Proud, Rebel!" by Andre Alice Norton
He was a fighter by disposition, and care was taken never to cross him beyond a point where the sparks began to fly.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
Also after a frosty night followed by a bright day, fly fishing need not be attempted with any chance of success.
"The Teesdale Angler" by R Lakeland
The truth was probably a hundred, including the fly-by-nights.
"Roosevelt in the Bad Lands" by Hermann Hagedorn
It bores in the trunks, and the beetle flies by night in August and September.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
I wanted to fly by compass in a direct line, without following my map very closely.
"High Adventure" by James Norman Hall
Loss by their flying out in cold weather.
"Langstroth on the Hive and the Honey-Bee" by L. L. Langstroth
By roads and by-paths well known to me, give the sign, I fly to Ireland: Isolde is yours!
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Hit by a piece of flying iron or a wine-bottle.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
Her son, like the swallows, was taught to fly by his mother.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh

In poetry:

Now comes the six-and-twentieth shield,
A jav’lin there you spy;
Is borne by little Mimring Tan;
From no one will he fly.
"The Tournament (From The Old Danish)" by George Borrow
The aeons one by one are flying,
My arrows one by one are gone;
Dimly, slowly, life is fading,
But still my soul is marching on!
"My Soul Is Marching On!" by Paramahansa Yogananda
And then, as by a single hand
Propelled, I saw the keen shafts fly,
And on that manly bosom land.
"This is his funeral," thought I.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
'Tis he, the Lamb, to him we fly,
While the dread tempest passes by;
God sees his Well-beloved's face,
And spares us in our hiding-place.
"Hymn" by Henry Kirke White
By his own power were all things made;
By him supported all things stand;
He is the whole creation's head,
And angels fly at his command.
"Hymn 2" by Isaac Watts
The tide of years is washing by,
The misty water drifts between
A soul with wings that may not fly
And shadowy realms that might have been.
"The Grey Tide" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Chase Headley is greeted in the dugout by teammates after scoring on a sacrifice fly by Tony Gwynn against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning Francis Specker — AP.
I know time flies by when you're having fun, but it feels like no sooner than I get into my summer groove, it's almost time for another school year to begin.
I'm certainly not wishing the summer months to fly by at this alarming rate.
Bombardier Commercial Airplanes president Mike Arcamone insists the C Series will fly by year-end.
Officials call vampire bat report a fly-by-night tale.
View full size A helicopter flies by Winton Place during its construction in 1963.
To read through his credits is to watch a half-century of American entertainment fly by.
Wow, our summer is flying by.
Smoke billows from a power plant as an aircraft flies by in Qingdao ( Stringer Shanghai Reuters, REUTERS / January 12, 2008 ).
An MQ-9 Reaper flies by on a training mission Aug 8, 2007 at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada.
Most fly fishers in the country are now quite familiar with the bandit look being displayed by their fellow anglers thanks to the sun protection offered by Buff .
Grunting Buck Flies By Trail Camera .
There are tons of exotic- car-rental spots in Miami, but most of them are unlicensed, fly-by-night operations that should be avoided like a streetside game of three-card monte.
Carlsbad 's bats are a fly-by-night sensation.
Stop Chasing Fly-By News Consumers.

In science:

If the FLI-phase is nonperturbative and distinguished by a gap in the energy spectrum, as it is, for example, the superconducting phase of a Hubbard model with an attractive interaction, an excitation beyond the energy gap is essential to observe any characteristic nonequilibrium behavior.
Real-time evolution for weak interaction quenches in quantum systems
By the 2PN bodies’ metrics in the center-of mass (CM) frame [30-33], one can easily note that the former invariant two-particle approach to Lyapunov exponents and its corresponding invariant FLI become possible applications in the dynamics of this system.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
To illustrate the use of the invariant FLI, we begin by regenerating Fig.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
Clearly, the invariant FLI has been an invaluable and a computationally quicker tool to survey phase space for chaos by scanning huge numbers of orbits.
Resurvey of order and chaos in spinning compact binaries
This leads to dynamic creation of tables in the database on the fly by users during collaboration process.
Collaborative Knowledge Creation and Management in Information Retrieval
For any y ∈ H+, denote by fLy a random variable whose law has the Radon-Nikodym density W1 with respect to the law of L under Py .
The precise tail behavior of the total progeny of a killed branching random walk
Creating thumbnails on the fly for FITS files is a new function brought forward by the application.
Enhanced Management of Personal Astronomical Data with FITSManager
Corbett G, Reid S, Johnson W: ‘Impact loading of plates and shells by free-flying projectiles: a review’.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields
The relative systematic shifts in absolute energy calibration between Fly’ Eye and the other experiments, required to bring into agreement the fluxes measured at 1019 eV by the different experiments, are {-11%, +7.5%, -19%} for {AGASA, HiRes, Yakutsk}.
High energy cosmic-rays: puzzles, models, and giga-ton neutrino telescopes
SOFIA is the world’s largest flying observatory, consisting of a 2.7 m (diameter) reflective telescope that was developed by Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und-Raumfart (DLR) that resides in a heavily modified Boeing 747-SP aircraft provided by NASA.
Early Science Results from SOFIA, the World's Largest Airborne Observatory
By flying at altitudes up to 45000 ft, SOFIA observes from above more than 99% of the Earth’s atmospheric water vapor.
Early Science Results from SOFIA, the World's Largest Airborne Observatory
Such flying dust, which may be charged by the solar wind and securely attached to components electrostatically, arises not only as a result of landing but also from meteoroidal impacts, and from local traffic encouraged by observatories that require frequent service or upgrades.
Does the Lunar Surface Still Offer Value As a Site for Astronomical Observatories?