let fly

let fly
verb
fire as from a gun (Freq. 1)
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The soldiers let drive their bullets

Syn: ↑loose off, ↑let drive
Hypernyms: ↑fire, ↑discharge
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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attack, either physically or verbally

the troops let fly with tear gas

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let fly (or let fly with)
informal : to throw (something) in a forceful way

The quarterback let fly (with) a long pass.

— often used figuratively

She let fly (with) a few angry words. [=she shouted a few angry words]

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Main Entry:fly
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let fly (or let fly with) — see fly, 1
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Main Entry:let

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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