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1. To be very happy or jubilant. Molly's been flying high ever since she passed her driver's test.
2. To flourish or have much success. Look at all the money we raised—our charity has really been flying high.
1. In a successful or important position; doing very well. The country was flying high for several years, but the recession brought everything crashing back down to the ground. The company is once again flying high following the massive success of their latest product.
2. In a state of euphoric happiness, excitement, or enthusiasm. Everyone in town was flying high after the team won the championship. After all the stress and worry, I was flying high when I found out that my application had been successful.
1. Fig. very successful in one's ambitions; in an important or powerful position. (Often with the implication that this is not the usual situation or will change.) The government is flying high just now, but wait until the budget is announced. He's flying high these days, but he comes from a very poor family.
2. Fig. in a state of euphoria. (From good news, success, or drugs.) Wow! Todd is really flying high. Did he discover a gold mine? Sally is flying high. What's she on?
Be elated, as in They were flying high after the birth of their first baby. This expression alludes to a high pitch of feeling. [Mid-1600s]
fly highbe very successful; prosper.
The noun high-flyer (or high-flier ) meaning ‘a successful and ambitious person’ developed from this phrase in the mid 17th century.
fly ˈhighbe successful: The business is flying high at the moment, making large profits and attracting a lot of investors. ▶ ˌhigh-ˈflyer (also ˌhigh-ˈflier) noun: academic high-flyers
To be elated: They were flying high after their first child was born.