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21 / 06 / 2007
Animal Idioms

ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS: FLY: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we will look at expressions in English that use the word fly (mosca).

Today's 1st expression isa fly on the wall

It means: a person who watches others without being noticed.

Example 1
I'd love to be a fly on the wall when she tells him that she wants a divorce. He is going to be devastated. 

We often create an adjective with this expression by adding hyphens between the words. A Fly-on-the-wall documentary, for example, is a film in which people are filmed going about their daily lives as if the camera were not there.

Today's 2nd expression is: to go down or drop like flies

It means: when people or other living beings get ill or die in large numbers very quickly.

Example 2:
People are dropping like flies with the flu (gripe) that is going around.

Today's 3rd expression ison the fly (informal, "fly" here comes from volar not mosca)

It means: in a very quick and informal way.

Example 3:
We had to eat our lunch on the fly because the meeting starts at 15:30.

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