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Magical flying is featured in stories about fairies, wizards, and witches, but differently in each case. Fairies, who in authentic folklore are never imagined as winged, were generally ...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
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Language reference
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44 words

... keep the flag flying : see flag . with flying colours with distinction. 🅘 Formerly, in military contexts, flying colours meant having the regimental flag flying as a sign of success or victory; a conquered army usually had to lower (or strike ) its colours...

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Gabriel Egan

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015

... . In the drama a supernatural character (for example a classical god) might best enter by being lowered from the ‘heavens’ over the stage, suggesting flight. The actor sat in a carriage attached by ropes to a winch in the stage cover, and the first playhouse to have a full stage cover was the Rose. In 1595 Henslowe paid carpenters for ‘making the throne in the heavens’, which was the first known descent machine for flying. The Globe seems not to have been fitted with a flight machine until around 1608–9 when the King’s Men brought it into conformity...

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A Dictionary of English Folklore

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2003

... . Magical flying is featured in stories about fairies , wizards , and witches , but differently in each case. Fairies, who in authentic folklore are never imagined as winged, were generally thought of as sweeping along in the wind by their innate power, but are sometimes said to utter the magic words ‘Horse and Hattock!', to need a magic cap, or to ride on straws, sticks, or plant-stems. Wizards, such as Jack o'Kent , achieve flight simply by forcing the Devil to carry them on his back, for the point of such tales is to show the hero domineering over...

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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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Current Version:
2003
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
2,537 words

... Transport by air became a very common activity during the second half of the twentieth century. It provides a rapid means of transport over long distances, in relative comfort. Commercial air travel is amongst the safest forms of transportation. Military aircraft have played a very major role in war since the late 1930s. The modern fighter-bomber is a very formidable weapon. The environment in which aircraft operate differs markedly from that on the ground. The fall in the pressure and temperature of the air which occur with ascent to altitude have major...

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

Reference type:
Quotation
Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Quotations
Length:
339 words

... Flying Flying Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror. Al Boliska Canadian broadcaster : Laurence J. Peter Quotations for our Time (1977) airline travel is hours of boredom moments of stark terror There’s nothing like an airport for bringing you down to earth. Richard Gordon 1921 – English surgeon : Doctor in the Swim (1962) airport for bringing you down to earth airport for bringing you down to earth My inclination to go by the Air Express is confirmed by the crash they had yesterday, which will...

flying buttress

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The Oxford Companion to Architecture

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
4 words

... buttress See buttress...

flying façade

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A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Art & Architecture
Length:
7 words

... façade As false façade...

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020

... form ( flying formwork ) Formwork that is so large it is moved by a...

Flying Dutchman

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
10 words

... Dutchman Name of KLM’s frequent flyer Club. See FFP...

Flying Tigers

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... Tigers the nickname of U.S. fighter pilots of the American Volunteer Group...

flying bomb

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... bomb a small pilotless aircraft with an explosive warhead, especially a...

flying jib

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Colin Mudie

The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (2 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
43 words

... jib , originally a triangular sail similar to a staysail but set flying rather than hanked to a stay . The term is sometimes now used for jibs hanked to a stay but set ahead of the other sails in the fore-triangle. Colin...

Flying Colonel

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
25 words

... Colonel Name of Delta Airlines’ frequent flyers’ club, membership of which is free but by invitation only. Main benefits are those listed under FFP...

flying bomb

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
17 words

... bomb Popular name for the V-1 missile used by Germany in World War 2. see V-weapons...

flying officer

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2002

... officer a rank of commissioned officer in the RAF, above pilot officer and below flight...

flying buttress

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020

... buttress A buttress that supports a wall at the eaves level, associated with Gothic churches and cathedral...

flying scaffold

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A Dictionary of Construction, Surveying and Civil Engineering (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020

... scaffold A scaffold that is hung from the building to give access to the outside walls of tall...

space flying

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The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2007

...flying n Obs . space travel . Compare spacefaring , space flight , space traveling . 1927 H. Gernsback Space Flying Amazing Stories (Nov.) 725 Scientifiction writers of note have always taken with avidity to this fascinating subject, while some of the greatest minds have occupied themselves with the problem of space flying. 1929 H. Noordung Problems of Space Flying Sci. Wonder Stories (July) 170/1 It is, we believe, the first serious work of its kind that has appeared in print, where an authority takes the problem of space flying...

flying squirrel

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World Encyclopedia

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
53 words

... squirrel Small, gliding rodent that lives in forests of Eurasia and the USA. It glides by means of furry flaps of skin that stretch out flat and taut on both sides of the body when the limbs are extended. Genus Pteromys . The African flying squirrel is of a separate genus ( Anomalurus...

flying squid

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The Oxford Companion to Food (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014

... squid a general name applied to squid of the family Ommastrephidae, which constitute about three-quarters of the commercial catch of squid in the world. Flying squid do not really fly, but can propel themselves out of the water, to escape predators, and glide for some...

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