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let fly

1. To launch something, often as a weapon. A noun or pronoun can be used between "let" and "fly." At the sound of the whistle, the kids let fly their water balloons.
2. To launch into a verbal attack. I don't know what made him so angry, but he suddenly let fly with a string of expletives.
See also: fly, let

let fly

Discharge a missile or fire a weapon; also, attack verbally. For example, He let fly a rotten egg at the speaker, or They let fly some insults laced with four-letter words. The first usage dates from about a.d. 1000, the second from the late 1500s.
See also: fly, let

let ˈfly (at somebody/something) (with something)

(informal)
1 throw, shoot, etc. something with great force: He aimed his gun and let fly.
2 attack somebody/something: When I told him that I couldn’t find the letter, he let fly at me.She let fly at her neighbour with a stream of insults.
See also: fly, let

let fly

1. To shoot, hurl, or release: The troops let fly a volley of gunfire.
2. To lash out; assault: The mayor let fly with an angry attack on her critics.
See also: fly, let
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The Colliers enjoyed plenty of the ball as they looked to turn up the heat, but they were almost undone when Balmer let fly from 20 yards with the diving Towart pulling off a tremendous save to parry his top-corner-bound drive.
Unable to keep quiet any longer, analysts let fly with a series of recommendations today.
She said: "I let fly with a few Anglo-Saxon four-letter words that Disney had never heard before.
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who scored a late equaliser against Town at Ashton Gate earlier this season, let fly with a rasping 20-yard shot which flew past Joe Anyon at his near post for the opening goal on 18 minutes.
It was almost worse for Lyon moments later when Robben let fly from outside the area and the shot took a deflection before brushing, the right upright.
Shaun MacDonald let fly at the start of the second half, with Scott Flinders parrying the ball to safety.
Orient failed to deal with Andy Liddell's corner and Mark Allott let fly with an explosive shot.
Sub Neil McCallum thought he had won it when he let fly in injury time but his shot crashed back off a post.
They took the lead after half an hour when former Manchester United starlet Michael Twiss put them ahead when he let fly from 20 yards.
Midmorning, two engines from the Los Angeles Fire Department ``crash crew'' at VNY -- the FAA designator for the airport -- stopped before the tower to let fly honorary streams of firefighting foam.
Zvonimir Vukic had equalised before a dreadful mix-up between Davis and Alan Stubbs gifted Taylor the simplest of chances to poke home and worse was to come when Taylor let fly for the third.
That always puts goalkeepers in two minds - they never know when someone will suddenly let fly or when they will instead try and find the killer through ball for a team-mate.
When he was asked to move, he let fly a torrent of abuse.
Without hesitation, I pulled back and let fly my first arrow at an African animal.
YOUNG actors from a Rugby school will let fly with splurge guns and pies when they take the stage as gangsters and molls.