Wiktionary:Word of the day/August 3

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Word of the day for August 3
kite v
  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to move upwards rapidly like a toy kite; also (chiefly US, figuratively) to cause (something, such as costs) to increase rapidly.
  2. (transitive, slang) To tamper with a document or record by increasing the quantity of something beyond its proper amount so that the difference may be unlawfully retained; in particular, to alter a medical prescription for this purpose by increasing the number of pills or other items.
  3. (transitive, video games) To keep ahead of (an enemy) in order to attack repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To (cause to) glide in the manner of a kite (bird).
  5. (transitive, intransitive, banking, slang) To write or present (a cheque) on an account with insufficient funds, either to defraud or expecting that funds will become available by the time the cheque clears.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, US, slang, by extension) To steal.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, rare) To manipulate like a toy kite; also, usually preceded by an inflection of go: to fly a toy kite.
  8. (intransitive) To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
  9. (intransitive, figuratively) To move rapidly; to rush.
  10. (intransitive, engineering, nautical) To deflect sideways in the water.
  11. (intransitive, US, prison slang) To pass a (usually concealed) letter or oral message, especially illegally into, within, or out of a prison.
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