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She certainly has acted like a fly-by-night up to this time.

He'll be out with a fly-by-night troupe afore the next month.

Shown up in our newspapers as a ditch-digger—a fly-by-night—a nobody!

Had the wind been directly astern, the course of the Fly-by-Night would have been smoother.

Torched on by that fly-by-night who'll be getting out of town and who'll be forgotten inside a week.

What gets me is, when you boil our two fly-by-night stories down, I've come here to be alone.

Does any one figger I'll allow some fly-by-night charl'tan to go reeflectin' on me?

She now knew where she was, but was nearly dying from the exhaustion of his fly-by-night expeditions.

Throughout the country local managers began to steal the Madison Square plays and put them on with "fly-by-night" companies.

You love me, an actress in a fly-by-night company, a variety artist at the Gayety!

WORD ORIGIN

1796, slang, said to be an old term of reproach to a woman signifying that she was a witch; extended 1823 to "anyone who departs hastily from a recent activity," especially while owing money. The two senses involve the two verbs fly.

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