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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.
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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

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
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This, after her lingerie range for the department store flew off the shelves faster than it used to fly off her before she went all serious and musical.
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