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fly off

1. To leave a particular place by flying, as of a bird. The birds all flew off when they heard us coming.
2. To depart some place or thing hastily. Yeah, Paulina flew off earlier today because she had to be in Baltimore by noon.
3. To travel to a particular destination by flying, as on an airplane. Well, I guess I won't see you this weekend if you're flying off to Paris.
4. To suddenly become very upset, angry, or agitated. Don't fly off into a fit—we can fix this problem.
See also: fly, off
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

fly off

 
1. Lit. to take to flight quickly. The stork flew off before we got a good look at it. The little birds flew off and things were quiet again.
2. Fig. to leave in a hurry. Well, it's late. I must fly off. She flew off a while ago.
See also: fly, off
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

fly off

v.
1. To fly away: After the gunshot, the birds flew off.
2. To depart and travel by flying: My parents flew off to Miami for the weekend.
3. To suddenly and expressively enter an excited, especially negative, emotional state: When the child was told to sit down, he flew off into a rage.
See also: fly, off
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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it was dreadful; but it was not only the pain, though that was terrible and lasted a long time; it was not only the indignity of having my best ornament taken from me, though that was bad; but it was this, how could I ever brush the flies off my sides and my hind legs any more?
You look into it, the object flies off into air, your reasons evaporate, the criminal is not to be found, the wrong becomes not a wrong but a phantom, something like the toothache, for which no one is to blame, and consequently there is only the same outlet left again--that is, to beat the wall as hard as you can.
One offered her a clean handkerchief to wipe her charming hands, another spread a jacket under her little feet to keep them from the damp, another hung his coat over the window to keep out the draft, and yet another waved the flies off her husband's face, lest he should wake up.
"Just my luck," grumbled the inquirer, jerking his flies off the water, and throwing again with a heavy, sullen splash, and frightening Tom's fish.
With parting words from his mother ("be careful") and father ("I think you're nuts"), he flies off to a country of grim-faced customs officials where about the only thing that's familiar is a McDonalds.
If you are going 65 miles an hour on the highway, the ice that flies off your car is also traveling at 65 miles an hour.
"His boot's come off, someone's boot doesn't just come off, you're not running along and it flies off.
MY NECK'S MEAL Cheeky pigeon flies off wearing bagel
The club is in such a flap that they've even introduced a special rule which allows a player to replace their ball - if a crow flies off with it.
MISSILE LAUNCHER: Rollins's helmet flies off as he is hit by pitcher Lee's 90mph-plus throw AP
That'll keep you safe if the split rim flies off. For HEMTT, PLS, and other smaller tires, use tire cage NSN 4910-01-373-0267.
When a band flies off the cuff and whacks your poker face, to me that is the most thrilling aspect.
He talks about doing God's work for his donors, and then he flies off in his plane to play golf." (The former employees spoke anonymously to Legal Times because they fear reprisals.)