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fly-by-nightadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈflɑɪ·bɑɪˌnɑɪt/ disapproving
(esp. of a ​business) not ​able to be ​trusted, and ​likely to ​stopoperating without any ​notice: a fly-by-night ​operation
(Definition of fly-by-night from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Definition of "fly-by-night" - British English Dictionary

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fly-by-nightadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈflaɪ.baɪ.naɪt/ informal disapproving
Fly-by-night ​companies or ​businesspeople cannot be ​trusted because they are ​likely to get into ​debt and ​close down the ​business to ​avoidpaying the ​debts or ​satisfying agreements: a fly-by-night ​operator/​organization
(Definition of fly-by-night from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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fly-by-nightadjective [before noun]

uk   us   informal
a fly-by-night ​business or ​worker does not ​offer good ​products or ​services and is likely to ​avoidpayingdebts or satisfying ​agreements by ​leaving the ​area: fly-by-night ​companies/​contractors/​operators
(Definition of fly-by-night from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “fly-by-night”
in Chinese (Simplified) (公司或商人)不可靠的,无信用的…
in Chinese (Traditional) (公司或商人)不可靠的,無信用的…
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