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flit (relocation)

Definition:

a secret move (to avoid paying debts)

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Usage:

Britain

Plural:

flits

Type of:

move » change » action » human activity

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

they did a moonlight flit

Etymology:

flutten "convey, move, take, carry away, go away", perhaps from Old Norse flytja...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of flit...

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Flit

the brand name for an insecticide. The original product, invented by chemist Dr. Franklin C. Nelson and launched in 1923 and mainly intended for killing flies and mosquitoes, was mineral oil based and manufactured by the Standard Oil Company of New... (41 of 793 words)

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Collins Dictionary:

flit | moonlight flit [sense-specific] | elope [informal, sense-specific] | flutter [synonym, sense-specific] | fleet [synonym, sense-specific] | flitter [noun, derived]

to move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart | to fly rapidly and lightly; flutter | to pass quickly; fleet | [Scottish, northern England, dialect] ... (23 of 539 words, 10 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flit

Merriam-Webster:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | alter [synonym, sense-specific] | shift [synonym, sense-specific] | dance [synonym, sense-specific] | dart [synonym, sense-specific] | flick [synonym, sense-specific] | flicker [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to pass quickly or abruptly from one place or condition to another | [archaic] "alter", "shift" | to move in an erratic fluttering manner (22 of 125 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flit

Oxford Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive, with adverbial of direction] : move swiftly and lightly | [intransitive, Scottish, northern England] : move house or leave one's home, ... (21 of 119 words, 4 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flit

Random House Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

to move lightly and swiftly; fly, dart, or skim along. | to flutter, as a bird. | to pass quickly, as time. | [Scottish, northern England] ; to depart ... (26 of 95 words, 8 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/flit

Wiktionary:

flit | flits [plural] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

A fluttering or darting movement. | [physics] A particular, unexpected, short lived change of state. | [slang] A homosexual. | To move about rapidly and nimbly. | To move quickly from one location to another. | [physics] To unpredictably change state... (36 of 88 words, 8 definitions, 5 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flit

Cambridge Dictionary:

flit [British] | -tt- [past tense]

to fly or move quickly and lightly | to appear or exist suddenly and for a short time in someone's mind or on their face | See: do a moonlight flit (29 of 83 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flit

New World Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

to pass lightly and rapidly | to fly lightly and rapidly; flutter | [Scottish, northern England] to move to other quarters, especially by stealth | ... (22 of 76 words, 7 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flit [intransitive] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

to move quickly from one place to another without stopping long | to appear for a very short time (18 of 67 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flit

flit [noun] | do a moonlight flit

"do a moonlight flit": [British] to leave a place secretly, especially during the night, in order to avoid paying money that you owe (23 of 44 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flit 9

American Heritage Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present] | flitter [noun, related]

To move about rapidly and nimbly. | To move quickly from one condition or location to another. | A fluttering or darting movement. | [informal] An ... (23 of 56 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flit

Encarta Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

to move quickly from one place to another without stopping for long | to be briefly present or visible (18 of 63 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612243​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

flit

First use: about 1200

Origin: flutten "convey, move, take, carry away, go away", perhaps from Old Norse flytja "to remove, bring". Theire desire ... is to goe to ... (25 of 59 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=flit

Merriam-Webster:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English flitten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse flytjask to move, Old English flēotan to float

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flit

Oxford Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English (in the Scots and northern English sense): from Old Norse flytja; related to "fleet4"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flit

American Heritage Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English flitten, from Old Norse flytja, to carry about, convey; see pleu- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flit

Wiktionary:

flit | flits [plural] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

Origin: Old Norse flytja ("to move"). Cognate with Swedish: flytta, Danish/Norwegian: flytte, Faroese: flyta.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flit

New World Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

Origin: Middle English flitten from Old Norse flytja, akin to Old English fleotan, "fleet"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flit

Collins Dictionary:

flit

First use: 12th century

Origin: from Old Norse flytja to carry

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flit

Encarta Dictionary:

flit | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old Norse flytja "carry about" from Germanic, "to float"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612243​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

flit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flit"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flit

Cambridge Dictionary:

flit [British] | -tt- [past tense]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "flit"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "flit"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flit

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flit [intransitive] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flit

flit [noun]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flit"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

flit [intransitive] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle] | flits [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flit"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flit

flit [noun]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flit"

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the Free Dictionary:

flit

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "flit"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "flit"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "flit" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/flit

Google Dictionary:

flit | flits [plural] | flitted [past tense] | flitting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "flit"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=flit

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

flit

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flit"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=flit​0001 word=flit

YourDictionary Audio:

flit

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flit" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flit

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