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Related to send flying: send down, sent flying
send (something) flying
1. To scatter something into the air or around an area. I accidentally knocked into the waiter and sent the drinks flying.
2. To cause something to travel a great distance in the air. He kicked the ball and sent it flying. The car slammed into the post box and sent it flying across the street.
Cause to be knocked or scattered about, as in She bumped into the table and sent all the papers flying. This somewhat hyperbolic idiom was first recorded in 1789.
To cause to be knocked or scattered about with force: a blow to the table that sent the dishes flying.