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Fly-by-night

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Noun

1. fly-by-night

a debtor who flees to avoid paying

Adjective

2. fly-by-night, shady

(of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous

Example Sentences:
'a shady operation'

3. fly-by-night

ephemeral

Example Sentences:
'the symphony is no fly-by-night venture'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


Fly-by-night

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adjective
1. 
unreliable or untrustworthy, esp in finance
2. 
brief; impermanent
noun also: fly-by-nighter
3. 
an untrustworthy person, esp one who departs secretly or by night to avoid paying debts
4. 
a person who goes out at night to places of entertainment

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Fly-by-night

see synonyms of fly-by-night
adjective
1. 
not trustworthy; esp., financially irresponsible
noun
2. 
a fly-by-night person; esp., a debtor who runs away to escape debts

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Fly-by-night

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adj.
1. Unreliable or unscrupulous, especially with regard to business dealings: "some fly-by-night startup that was halfway to shutting down" (Douglas Edwards).
2. Of an impermanent or insubstantial nature: fly-by-night fashions in clothing.
n. also fly-by-night·er (-nītər)
1. An unreliable or unscrupulous person.
2. One, such as a company, that is short-lived and therefore unreliable.

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