fli|er [ `flaıər ] noun count
▸ 1 printed advertisement
▸ 2 aircraft pilot/passenger
▸ 3 animal etc. that flies
▸ 4 dangerous project
▸ 5 someone/something that can go fast
▸ 6 flying start
1. ) an announcement or advertisement that is printed on paper and given to people: LEAFLET:
Someone was handing out fliers advertising the sale.
2. ) an aircraft pilot:
Two Navy fliers ejected safely and were rescued.
a ) someone who travels by airplane:
Most airlines offer special benefits to frequent fliers (=people who are regular customers of a particular airline).
3. ) a bird, insect, or animal that flies in a particular way:
Sandflies are poor fliers.
4. ) AMERICAN INFORMAL a project that involves risks or that is dangerous:
take a flier (on something) (=agree to take part in something that is risky): It's risky, but I took a flier on it and invested a few dollars.
5. ) INFORMAL a person, animal, or vehicle that can go very fast:
Sam is a flier around the bases.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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