fly-by-night fly-by-night

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a debtor who flees to avoid paying
  2. (adj) (of businesses and businessmen) unscrupulous
  3. (adj) ephemeral

Usage(s):

  1. His offices are a pair of cluttered rooms in Kowloon that could easily pass for a fly-by-night travel agency, except for the myriad awards scattered like paperweights.
  2. The FDA says every time a new health threat pops up, fly-by-night companies take advantage of public fears by offering products that are too good to be true.
  3. Even in that warm wonderland of swamis, fly-by-night faith healers and hard-eyed Hollywood flesh peddlers, O'Malley was obviously something special.

News

  • Jo Mama Wraps Relocates

    Jo Mama Wraps, though still Trenton’s newest restaurant, has now been around almost two years, long enough to prove it’s no fly-by-night operation.
    on June 26, 2013     Source: The Dade County Sentinel

Quotes

  1. "It is the government's responsibility to protect the most vulnerable among us who are being taken advantage of by these fly-by-night criminals," said Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., who is sponsoring a bill that would force prepaid calling card...
    on Oct 6, 2008 By: Bill Nelson Source: FOXNews

  2. "As the mortgage crisis worsens, a growing number of fly-by-night companies are employing utterly brazen tactics to push homeowners into illegal and unconscionable loans," Attorney General Jerry Brown said.
    on Mar 18, 2008 By: Jerry Brown Source: Xinhua

  3. "We need to put an end to fly-by-night mortgage brokers peddling loans to unqualified applicants based on inflated appraisals. We need to help those facing the pain of foreclosure. We need to secure the marketplace and put reforms in place right...
    on Aug 7, 2007 By: Hillary Rodham Clinton Source: Campaigns & Elections (press release)

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