a flying visit

flying visit

An exceptionally brief visit. We went for a flying visit to my mother's house before continuing on our way to the beach.
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a ˌflying ˈvisit

a very brief visit: The Prime Minister paid a flying visit to Brussels this afternoon.
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References in classic literature ?
As the months went on, it had seemed more and more difficult to him to say why he should not run down to Middlemarch--merely for the sake of hearing something about Dorothea; and if on such a flying visit he should chance by some strange coincidence to meet with her, there was no reason for him to be ashamed of having taken an innocent journey which he had beforehand supposed that he should not take.