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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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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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Then she fluttered feathers, went a flying off again, With her booty flew, brought it to the sailor, From an olive tree a twig, right into his hands Brought the blade of green.
He opened the glass of the dull lamp, whose wick, burnt up and swollen like a drunkard's nose, came flying off in little carbuncles at the candle's touch, and scattering hot sparks about, rendered it matter of some difficulty to kindle the lazy taper; when a noise, as of a man snoring deeply some steps higher up, caused him to pause and listen.
STOCK flying off shelves, creepy ghost children and unexplained taps on the shoulder.
According to media reports, all these Afghan females got their boarding passes of Kabul from Benazir airport and after security clearance from FIA they took their bogus documents in respect of UK and started waiting for board on London bound PIA Flight PK-785 instead of flying off to Kabul.
A DEVOUT Jew drove dangerously with parts of his car flying off onto the A55 because he wanted to get to where he was going before the Sabbath.
Time passes and countless messages are exchanged until one day, Bobby tells his parents that he is in love and will be flying off to Ukraine.
He then saw the bird dust itself down before flying off.
Bill says "I am not sure if the 'flying off the handle when you are full of bologna, expression is still used these days, or if it is just something remembered by some of the old timers.
The F-35 Lightning II jets are due to begin flying off the deck of HMS Queen Elizabeth in 2018 and be fully operational from 2020.
WINTER woollies are flying off the shelves at Huddersfield's Barnardo's shop.
The Pineberry, a bizarre mix of pineapple and strawberry, and the Kiwi Berry, which as its name suggests is a cross between a kiwi and a berry, have both proved extremely popular with products flying off the shelves faster than they can be replaced.
The owl stayed on its window ledge perch for 90 minutes in the seaside village of Westward Ho!, Devon, before flying off.
Skipper Ryan Jones and Stephen Jones had a stab at archery, while the Scarlets fly-half also took aim on the rifle range before flying off with some of his team-mates for a helicopter ride.
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