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Related to flown: past participle

fly beneath (the/someone's) radar

To go without being noticed, detected, or addressed. A: "Have you heard this band's latest album?" B: "I didn't even know it was out, it must have flown beneath my radar." Every year, the government promises to do something about the homelessness problem, yet every year it seems to fly beneath the radar.
See also: beneath, fly, radar

fly under (the/someone's) radar

To go without being noticed, detected, or addressed. A: "Have you heard this band's latest album?" B: "I didn't even know it was out, it must have flown under my radar." Every year, the government promises to do something about the homelessness problem, yet every year it seems to fly under the radar again.
See also: fly, radar

fly a kite

1. To suggest something in order to gauge interest in it. When everyone objected to my idea, I reassured them that I was just flying a kite and had not made any sort of decision on the matter.
2. To ponder a potential reason or explanation for something. Oh, you're just flying a kite—you don't really know why Emily didn't come to the party.
See also: fly, kite

fly the flag

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. A number of people from the actor's hometown are arriving into New York to fly the flag at his debut performance on Broadway. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point of flying the flag for it.
See also: flag, fly

The bird has flown

Someone or something has left, fled, escaped, etc.; someone or something is no longer here. I'm afraid you're not going to find him here. The bird has flown.
See also: bird, flown

bird has flown, the

The individual sought has gone away, as in Jean hoped to meet her editor at long last, but when she arrived the bird had flown. This idiom has been used for an escaped prisoner, and more generally, as in 1655 by William Gurnall ( The Christian in Complete Armour): "Man ... knows not his time ... he comes when the bird is flown." [Mid-1600s]
See also: bird

the bird has flown

If you say the bird has flown, you mean that the person you are looking for has escaped or disappeared. He'd been told to follow the woman to work and wait till she came out again. Instead he'd wandered off, come back at her normal leaving time and found the bird had flown.
See also: bird, flown

fly the flag

COMMON
1. If you fly the flag for your country or a group to which you belong, you represent it or do something to support it. I would love to fly the flag for Britain and win the Eurovision Song Contest. Note: Verbs such as carry, show or wave are sometimes used instead of fly. The Kuwaiti team said they were only in Peking to show the flag. He believed in the sacred power of great music: he felt that he was carrying the flag of high culture.
2. If you fly the flag for something, you support it and praise it. Wragg was left to fly the flag for state education. Note: Verbs such as carry, show or wave are sometimes used instead of fly. I think it's important that we wave the flag for the arts.
See also: flag, fly
References in classic literature ?
I reach'd my home - my home no more - For all had flown who made it so - I pass'd from out its mossy door, And, tho' my tread was soft and low, A voice came from the threshold stone Of one whom I had earlier known - O
We left it there because, not knowing what it was, we were afraid to touch it and it is still there if it has not flown away again.
It is well that you captured this white man, Numabo, for with his great bird he would have flown over your village tonight and killed all your people.
Before they had time to stop, the dogs had flown one before the other into the marsh.
Hinds has flown for more than 12,000 hours in 70 different types of aircraft, including bombers, fighters, spy planes and cargo aircraft.
Although the nation's B-17 fleet was extensively used in Europe during World War II, Aluminum Overcast was never flown in battle.
The sonic boom that traditionally opens the flying portion of the event will be flown on both days by retired Maj.
He has flown family and friends in his single-engine Cessna and his company's Citation jet to Mexico, British Columbia and Southern California, and also as far east as Orlando, Fla.
That means it can be flown only with a computer system continually correcting its course and attitude.
Pestana's work has been displayed at the Pentagon, flown into space and, in the case of one painting, put on display for Russian space officials.