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noun [countable] fly pronunciation in American English /flaɪ/ 
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singularfly
pluralflies
  1. 1
    a common small insect with wings. Flies eat food, are often found near garbage, and are responsible for spreading many diseases

    A trapped fly buzzed against the window pane.

    a new spray to kill flies and mosquitoes

    a swarm/cloud/plague of flies:

    There were clouds of small flies over the river.

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