go flying

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go flying

To become propelled through the air like a projectile, especially after being forcefully struck or tripping and falling. Dad went flying when he tripped on my skateboard at the bottom of the steps. The trash cans went flying when I accidentally hit them with my car.
See also: flying, go

go ˈflying

(British English, informal) fall, especially as a result of not seeing something under your feet: Someone’s going to go flying if you don’t pick up these toys.
See also: flying, go
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes we go flying down the great canals at such a gait that we can get only the merest glimpses into front doors, and again, in obscure alleys in the suburbs, we put on a solemnity suited to the silence, the mildew, the stagnant waters, the clinging weeds, the deserted houses and the general lifelessness of the place, and move to the spirit of grave meditation.
At such moments, starting from a windward roll, I would go flying through the air with dizzying swiftness, as though I clung to the end of a huge, inverted pendulum, the arc of which, between the greater rolls, must have been seventy feet or more.
Finished shopping and must fly now Shoppers at the USA's biggest mall can take a break from retail therapy and go flying around the country instead.
You did not let a single bus drive through a neighborhood without having chunks of the bus and body parts go flying.
Mr Matthews's wife Jenny said he had 19 years flying experience and it was thought he had arranged to go flying with a work colleague and possibly another person.
Gerry, who owns a two-seater aircraft, added: "I'd be impossible to live with if I couldn't go flying.
Children at Rowlands Gill Primary will be given the first glimpse of Let's go Flying, Kites, by local author Jules Burnett.
If that happens, pieces of the PTO shaft can go flying.
When the reporter elected not to go flying, the PAO unilaterally decided he would take his place, and the helo crew didn't think to question his decision.
When the empty beer cans go flying from the bleachers, a crew of recyclers quickly crashes them and hauls away the aluminum.
The brave 16-year-old abseiled more than 100 ft down the House of Fraser department store in Edinburgh two years ago in order to conquer his fear of heights and allow him to go flying with the air cadets.
I didn't want any crew member who could not talk on ICS to go flying.
On Friday, Gateshead-born author and illustrator Jules Burnett will be travelling on Go North East's Red Kite buses to entertain the young and young-at-heart with readings from his award-winning children's book, 'Let's go flying, kites'.
If a machine gun mount fails, bullets could go flying where they're not supposed to or a machine gun could topple off a tank or truck.