flies flies  /f ˈlaɪz/


  • (n) (theater) the space over the stage (out of view of the audience) used to store scenery (drop curtains)


  1. Corn-rich Iowa is also rich in flies.
  2. Sometimes they wait for the flies when they are emerging upward, attached to a self-created gas bubble.
  3. Now the aircraft that flies like an airplane but takes off and lands like a chopper is about to make its combat debut in Iraq.


  1. Princeton University reopens after bomb threat

    A helicopter flies overhead near a command post set up by Mercer County Sheriff's Officers outside the football stadium at Princeton University Tuesday, June 11, 2013, after receiving a phoned-in bomb threat. No classes are in session, though some summer programs are.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Washington Examiner

  2. Flies invade homes after problem at wastewater treatment plant

    A swarm of flies that bred in Bryan's wastewater treatment facility has led the city to shut down a part of the system, prompting complaints as the insects quickly spread into the nearby neighborhood.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Bryan-College Station Eagle

  3. Females play a larger role in sperm selection, in fruit flies

    SYRACUSE, N.Y., June 10 (UPI) -- Females play a larger role in determining paternity than previously thought -- at least in fruit flies, U.S. biologists say.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: UPI


  1. "We spread our small resources thinly and that inevitably made the small number of British soldiers like flies in a honeypot and we got into this cycle of fighting," said General Sir Richard Dannatt, the former army chief.
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Sir Richard Dannatt Source: Financial Times

  2. The "judge's decision flies in the face of mounting evidence that there are serious safety risks that must be examined with these 33 deep- water rigs before they start drilling again," Markey said.
    on Jun 23, 2010 By: Edward Markey Source: BusinessWeek

  3. "I was making the simple point that given our history, the length of this year's primary contest is nothing unusual," Clinton wrote. "But I was deeply dismayed and disturbed that my comment would be construed in a way that flies in the face...
    on May 25, 2006 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: 940 News

Word of the Day
untenable untenable
/ən ˈtɛ nə bəl /