fly-by-night


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fly-by-night

Irresponsible (as if one is apt to flee unexpectedly). He struck me as a fly-by-night worker, so I was shocked when he came back the next day to finish the job.

fly-by-night

Fig. irresponsible; untrustworthy. (Alludes to a person who sneaks away secretly in the night.) The carpenter we hired was a fly-by-night worker who did a very bad job. You shouldn't deal with a fly-by-night merchant.

fly-by-night

mod. undependable; dishonest. Sam seems like such a fly-by-night character.
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While these have led to a reduction in the selling of fake policies and number of fly-by-night insurance companies, other anomalies continue to this date, according to LTO insiders.
But much comes from the man in the street or from within an industry, from trade groups or often from competitors annoyed that they might have much higher costs than a fly-by-night rival.
Fly-by-night outfits that cruise neighborhoods looking to sting desperate homeowners often charge exorbitant prices or fail to complete the work.
These concerns -- which resemble fly-by-night bazaars -- are anything but transient.
Die-hard fans are expected to snap up a fictional autobiography of Coronation Street's fly-by-night tycoon when it is published on September 18.
Fly-by-night operations are hard to identify and prosecute.
No one is looking to match up fly-by-night firms or help you borrow from Peter to pay Paul.
MANILA -- The prices of pork and poultry will not go up in spite of a new Department of Agriculture order that seeks to curb the smuggling of meat by fly-by-night operators, two associations of local meat producers said on Saturday.
What you have is a proper boyfriend, not a fly-by-night seducer of gullible females.
He said: "Passengers need safety and fly-by-night drivers are putting them in danger.
That he held down a museum job, saw most art shows, was a poet who encouraged poetry, read at and went to poetry readings and theater downtown and up, saw dance at the Judson Church, in lofts, or at the New York City Ballet, enjoyed highbrow and lowbrow movies and culture, was a regular at the Cedar Tavern, and was openly gay at a time when that openness could have very serious personal and professional consequences, hardly describes Frank as a nonintellectual, self-indulgent fly-by-night, looking for a handout or elbows to rub.
In the marketplace, reputation is one major factor that separates prestigious institutions from fly-by-night operators and other fast-buck artists.
Now the fly-by-night hosts are gone, as are many of those who were happy to take a client's money, but did not want to offer good service in return," he added.
But most of the sellers who run these enterprises are fly-by-night merchants interested only in lining their pockets at our expense.