Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - fly-by-night


undependable, untrustworthy


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - fly-by-night

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  I've been tasked with creating a list of suppliers.

Colleague 2:  Make sure you do your research so that you don't end up with any fly-by-night companies on the list.

Colleague 1Fly-by-night?

Colleague 2:  Companies without history or companies that have just been created and will not stay in business very long. We need reliable and trustworthy companies with proven track records on that supplier list. We can't have a supplier that cannot deliver when we need them to. Or worse yet, a company that takes our money and then disappears.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - fly-by-night

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Your renovation is a disaster. I thought it was supposed to be finished by now.

Friend 2:  I should have been suspicious when the contractor's bid was about half of what all the other contractors bid. I should have been really suspicious when the contractor demanded half the contract price in cash as a down payment before work began.

Friend 1:  Let me guess. This fly by night contractor took your money and then disappeared?

Friend 2:  I can't believe that I was stupid enough to get cheated like this. I contacted the Better Business Bureau but they have no record of this contractor and they told me that this scammer had been working the area for a while but they had not been able to catch him.

fly-by-night - Usage:


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fly-by-night - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for fly-by-night.

fly-by-night - Examples:

1)  ... provide the information, especially an actual street address, chances are the company is fly-by-night. Most legitimate software distributors have an actual base of operations and do not operate ...

2)  ... in their industry, businesses could see that they were well-established and weren't a fly-by-night company. 

3)  ... but it solidified in a lot of people's minds that I was not a fly-by-night one-hit-wonder.

4)  ... ground rules about how railways could be built and maintained. This was to prevent fly-by-night railway companies from cutting corners on construction and maintenance, and ensure the safety of ...

5)  In its effort to stop tailgaters (people like fly-by-night renovators paid cash on the spot so they don't have to pay taxes) ...

6)  ... deposit or the price sounds too good to be true, find another company. Fly-by-night operators may disappear with your cash.

7)  After all I wanted to convey the message that this company is not a fly-by-night operation. We are here for the long haul and I thought that image said ...

8)  ... said his group has been criticized as being a fly-by-night outfit, so he knows he has to earn the trust of Canadians.

9)  Yes, there needs to be sensible protections against fraud and fly-by-night online operators, ...

10)  ... the debt-bondage of their labour contracts, and the government's failure to prosecute fly-by-night contractors who leave Dubai or declare bankruptcy without paying back wages.

11)  Get printed materials from the charity before donating. Fly-by-night scammers are not likely to have any materials.

12)  ... at a mark up or they sell knock-offs that are pretty close in quality. Fly-by-night trickster merchants would be as hated as anywhere in the world and certainly wouldn't ...

13)  Do not buy from questionable, fly-by-night, internet-based "Doctors" with no business ratings or certifications and avoid wasting your ...

14)  The original regulation was probably motivated by legitimate correspondence schools worrying about fly-by-night operators undercutting their market.

15)  ... the department can't recoup much of its losses because it bought crappy equipment from fly-by-night companies that have since gone out of business.

16)  ... and I am not interested in those god-awful cheapo or fly by night sites full of useless garbage.

17)  There are a lot of fly by night operations and tailors that don't know what they are doing.

18)  But then again, you should be careful in avoiding fly by night buyers in order to get the best value for your items.

19)  ... kindly keep in mind that when tax time comes around and the fly by night tax preparers put out their signs, you really do get what you ...

20)  The answer is that there are tons of scams and fly by night schemes on the internet and they are all fueled by the desire to ...