fly out

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fly out (third-person singular simple present flies out, present participle flying out, simple past flew out or (baseball) flied out, past participle flown out or (baseball) flied out)

  1. (intransitive) To travel by airplane to a destination.
    I'm going to fly out to see you.
  2. (transitive) To have someone travel rapidly to a destination on an airplane.
    flew him out to New York
  3. (intransitive) To rapidly emerge.
    Pieces flew out in all directions.
  4. (intransitive, baseball) To become out by hitting a fly ball which is caught.
    Jones flied out to right field.
  5. (intransitive) To fly into a rage; to become very angry.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the baseball sense, the simple past and past participle "flied out" are commonly used in order to avoid confusion with the other senses. For example, the sentence "Jones flew out to right field" could mean either that Jones hurried quickly to right field, or that Jones became out by hitting a fly ball to right field which was caught. On the other hand, "Jones flied out to right field" can only refer to a fly ball.

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fly out (plural fly outs)

  1. (baseball) An instance of flying out.
    A fly out was recorded on the scorecard.

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