Fly the kite

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Fly the kite to obtain money as by accommodation bills, the endorser himself having no money
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Quotations

  • Lauren Bacall
    Lauren Bacall
    “Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fléogan, pa.t. fleáh; Ger. fliegen.

Usage

In literature:

You'd sit on a stone in the middle of a field and fly your kite forever!
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
He had never made a kite, but he had often watched the boys in the park at home flying them, and he had a very good idea of how they were made.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
One day he was flying his kite on the shore.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Suddenly, at the bend of the little lane leading up to the town, they came upon her father, flying a huge blue kite.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
Kite-flying amongst Indians is an exciting sport, quite different to the tame amusement of merely seeing how high a kite will go.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
This kite had a marked influence on the design of some early flying machines.
"The War in the Air; Vol. 1" by Walter Raleigh
Kite flying is a favorite pastime; the size, shape, and curious decorations are astonishing.
"An Ohio Woman in the Philippines" by Emily Bronson Conger
Billy saw the great bird-kite flying off towards Plymouth.
"Oswald Bastable and Others" by Edith Nesbit
The question was about "flying kites" (fictitious bills).
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 20, August 1877" by Various
Tired of flying and not having any place where it could alight, the kite stirred up the water against the sky.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
Happy anxiously hurried the Emperor through the town, and they soon arrived at the kite flying field.
"The Royal Book of Oz" by L. Frank Baum
I longed to be among my equals in the urchin-line, and fly my kite with only high-born youngsters.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 90, April, 1865" by Various
Kite-flying is the last resort.
"A Canadian Bankclerk" by J. P. Buschlen
The Hawaiian myths are perhaps the only ones of the Pacific Ocean which give to any of the gods the pleasure and excitement of kite flying.
"Legends of Ma-ui--a demi god of Polynesia, and of his mother Hina" by W. D. Westervelt
The string is long, and if the kite flies high it may take the facts a long way; the winds must bear them as they will.
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Like a kite, it cannot rise in a calm and when up, is subject to fly from its fastenings and be rent by the cross currents ever in motion.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
He can hand, reef, and steer by the time he flies a kite.
"Cape Cod" by Henry D. Thoreau
You're last idea is manageable; the kite-flying was not.
"Stan Lynn" by George Manville Fenn
He had even seen him flying a kite in his garden where it was bound to get wrecked among the trees.
"Max Carrados" by Ernest Bramah
Meanwhile the other lads, in their shirt-sleeves, were playing at base or flying kites.
"Sentimental Education Vol 1" by Gustave Flaubert
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In poetry:

It was a day
All blue and lifting white,
When I went into the fields with Frank
To fly his kite.
"The Kite" by John Freeman

K was a great new Kite;
Papa he saw it fly
Above a thousand chimney pots,
And all about the sky.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
The Desert sands are heated, parched and dreary,
The tigers rend alive their quivering prey
In the near Jungle; here the kites rise, weary,
Too gorged with living food to fly away.
"The Garden" by Laurence Hope
No longer fly thy kite, Lord; draw me home.
Thou pull'st the string through all the distance bleak;
Lord, I am nearing thee; O Lord, I come;
Thy pulls grow stronger and the wind grows weak.
"A Vision of St. Eligius" by George MacDonald
My kites are huge like elephants, small like mice.
I fly them all in a flock, in spite of advice—
The best advice!
They go up in rainbow brilliance and snow-white storms,
In all shapes and forms.
"Kites" by William Rose Benet
One boy at work with book and brief, and one with gown and band,
One sailing vessels on the pool, one digging sand,
One flying paper kites on change, one planting little pills,--
The seeds of certain annual flowers well known as little bills.
"Meeting Of The Alumni Of Harvard College" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Besides the white wave of campers, the most noticeable feature of the Homer Spit last weekend was the flock of multicolored kites flying nearly nonstop off the Mariner Park beach.
Be safe and don't fly a kite during the storm.
Teague Coughlin, 5, watches as his dad, Jason, folds their kite after flying it during the One Sky One World Kite Fly for Peace event at the Children's Museum of Denver on Sunday.
The St Johns County Sheriff's Office says Weltzien Falk of St Augustine was flying the kite with his son Monday afternoon on Vilano Beach.
He finds the wonders and perils of kite flying and uses his inquiry skills to help an accused cat.
Palestinian children fly kites bearing the Palestinian and Japanese flags to show their solidarity with.
Palestinian children fly kites bearing the Palestinian and Japanese flags to show their solidarity with Japan near a Japanese-funded housing project in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Sunday.
Flying by the speed of the kite .
Steven Transue of Chatham and Walter Love of Claymont test the kite flying possibilities in the parking lot of Good Shepherd Lutheran in Brandywine Hundred.
Larry Krablin and his wife usually fly their kites at the Jersey shore, but they came too.
Bring kites and fly them along with the AKA members.
Ed Betz Robert Kaiser and his son, also Robert Kaiser, 3, of Sayville, fly kites during the annual Kite Festival at the Long Island Maritime Museum in Sayville.
Groom / The Post-Standard A view of some of the high-flying kites from the 2011 kite festival at Fort Ontario.
When Chicago-born Prashant Bhargava went there to visit as a child, the memory of the colorful kites and the way that the kite flying brought the entire city to the roof tops to compete and celebrate remained.
Viewers didn't seem to mind the time spent finding parking spots or that fliers couldn't fly their huge kites in light winds that prevailed.
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