fly-by-night (business)

 Temporary; firm of questionable ethics.
 ► “Terry Alexander is well known in Canadian circles for promoting PENNY-STOCK companies on the Vancouver exchange, which itself is unfortunately infamous as a haven for fly-by-night outfits.” (Barron’s, Aug. 21, 1995, p. 23)

American business jargon. 2014.

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  • fly-by-night — ˈfly by night adjective [only before a noun] informal a fly by night company or businessperson is not reliable and is only interested in making a quick profit and then disappearing: • The authority requires surety bonds of $50,000 from health… …   Financial and business terms

  • fly-by-night — I. adj Set up to make a lot of money in a hurry, then disappear so people can t find you to complain about poor work, etc.; not trustworthy; not reliable. Mrs. Blank bought her vacuum cleaner from a new company; when she tried to have it fixed,… …   Словарь американских идиом

  • fly-by-night(1) — {adj.} Set up to make a lot of money in a hurry, then disappear so people can t find you to complain about poor work, etc.; not trustworthy; not reliable. * /Mrs. Blank bought her vacuum cleaner from a new company; when she tried to have it fixed …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly-by-night(1) — {adj.} Set up to make a lot of money in a hurry, then disappear so people can t find you to complain about poor work, etc.; not trustworthy; not reliable. * /Mrs. Blank bought her vacuum cleaner from a new company; when she tried to have it fixed …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • fly-by-night — fly′ by night adj. 1) not reliable or well established, esp. in business, and primarily interested in making a quick profit: a fly by night operation[/ex] 2) not lasting; impermanent; transitory 3) a debtor who attempts to evade creditors 4) a… …   From formal English to slang

  • fly-by-night — fly by .night adj [only before noun] informal a fly by night company or businessman is one that you cannot trust because they have only been in business for a short time and are only interested in making quick profits …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fly-by-night — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ unreliable or untrustworthy, especially in business or financial matters …   English terms dictionary

  • fly-by-night — mod. undependable; dishonest. □ Sam seems like such a fly by night character. □ He’s not fly by night at all. □ Don’t do business with fly by night people …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • fly-by-night — /fluy buy nuyt /, adj. 1. not reliable or responsible, esp. in business; untrustworthy: a fly by night operation. 2. not lasting; brief; impermanent; transitory: a fly by night theater. n. Also, fly by nighter. 3. a person or thing that is… …   Universalium

  • Fly by night — The phrase fly by night is a derisive term in the English language for businesses that appear and disappear rapidly, or that give an impression of transience. It has also been applied to individual traveling businessmen and tradesmen. The phrase… …   Wikipedia

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