Wing it

Definitions

  • 45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
    45. The Lace-winged Fly, Its Larva and Eggs
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Wing it To perform an act, such as to give a speech, without the usual preparation. To improvise or ad-lib.
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Quotations

  • Don Marquis
    Don%20Marquis
    “A fierce unrest seethes at the core, of all existing things:, it was the eager wish to soar, that gave the gods their wings.”
  • Ghose Aurobindo
    Ghose Aurobindo
    “The fly that touches honey cannot use it's wings; so too the soul that clings to spiritual sweetness ruins it's freedom and hinders contemplation.”
  • Lydia M. Child
    Lydia%20M.%20Child
    “Home -- that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.”
  • William Blake
    William%20Blake
    “He who binds to himself a joy doth the winged life destroy. But he who kisses the joy as it flies lives in Eternity's sunrise.”
  • Eugene Field
    Eugene Field
    “All human joys are swift of wing, For heaven doth so allot it; That when you get an easy thing, You find you haven't got it.”
  • Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    “Why is it that right-wing bastards always stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity, while liberals fall out among themselves?”

Usage

In literature:

She never watched a poised butterfly open and shut its wings without thinking of Michael.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
If they killed the pigeon, or winged it, we're all lost.
"The Golden Silence" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Throughout it, one hears the beating of wings.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
Then, flapping its wings, it flew up.
"Tell Me Another Story" by Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The shallow windows, also, over the wings of the veranda give it a more cheerful expression.
"Rural Architecture" by Lewis Falley Allen
If you throw your bonnet over it, you will break its wings.
"The Best Short Stories of 1915" by Various
It was you who found the back door of the left wing unlocked on the night of the murder, was it not?
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
Phyllis looked and saw every chick running as fast as its little legs could carry it to the hovering mother wings.
"Stories of Birds" by Lenore Elizabeth Mulets
It would fly away on the quick wings of its love to the dear absent ones.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
It is very amusing to see the cock bird on wing at that time, and to hear his piping and humming notes.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
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In poetry:

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sun rise.
"Eternity" by William Blake
Oh the singing, singing, singing!
Callow hopes that thrill my breast!
Can the lark of love be winging
Back to its abandoned nest?
"Song II" by Mathilde Blind
And He who wept His friend, as we
Weep ours, shall our Redeemer be,
And wake us in that morn which brings
Eternity upon its wings.
"Funeral Hymn" by John Bowring
Through the ages none can measure
Love shall wing our prayers and praise,
It shall be our dearest treasure
And the solace of our days.
"Silent Worship" by Aaron Southwick
And then my soul, on wings of love,
Shall mount, thy shade to meet,
And range the fields of joy above,
Sweet babe, till thee it greet.
"On Viewing A Grave Of A Beloved Infant" by Elizabeth Beverley
For in the hush of her sweet face,
The soul will burst its earth-forged bands,
And wing its flight to purer space
In other purer lands.
"One Star Alone" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Do white right-wing preachers have it easier than black left-wing preachers.
AP file photo The Red Wings got more bad news Tuesday when it was announced that goaltender Jimmy Howard reinjured his groin.
Fire on the Mountain is the cream of the crop when it comes to chicken wing cuisine.
Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis, left, and Detroit Red Wings' Kirk Maltby went at it in their playoff game last season.
DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings haven't made a decision about Tomas Holmstrom's future, but it should be coming soon.
The cornerstone of Buffalo Wild Wings' success has been its namesake menu item, though it offers customers so much more.
'Kid Icarus : Uprising' burns its wings.
The Ilitch family's lease for its Red Wings to play at Joe Louis Arena expires in a year, and will be replaced by a new deal.
Fine, I won't tell you whether Carrie Bradshaw ties the knot with Mr Big, even though you've already seen that gown winging its way around the Web.
KOO ROO HMR IS SPREADING ITS WINGS INTO NEW YORK.
Gen Terry Scherling will end her career at the same place it began more than 30 years ago - during a retirement ceremony at the 119th Wing in Fargo.
You only realize its actual length when a man, Dai Jian, appears out of the wings, holding the other end.
It was the 9th annual fundraiser for WINGS, standing for Women in Need Growing Stronger.
How "Flight" Earned Its Wings.
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar will open its first Collier County location in this former Blockbuster store in Courthouse Shadows shopping center in East Naples.
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In science:

The shape of the strength function is Gaussian near its peak, but only falls off with an exponential tail in the wings.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The observed pro file in slit 7 (Fig. 2), may even show a hint of the predicted double peak pro file in its red wing, although the S /N is quite low in this region.
On The Origin of Lyman-alpha Absorption in Nearby Starbursts and Implications for Other Galaxies
It includes a sensitivity to the wings of the probability distribution, in a manner analogous to the similar term appearing in (41).
Moment transport equations for non-Gaussianity
The effect is also seen in the red wings of lines at φ = 0.985, however it is smeared out in the blue wing.
The Lorentz force in atmospheres of CP stars: 56 Arietis
We were able to detect its SB2 character, as well as weak emission wings at He ii λ4686 in one observation, leading to its association with the Onfp category.
The Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey. I. Classification System and Bright Northern Stars in the Blue-Violet at R~2500
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