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fly-by-night


Their bid was a little more expensive, but I know they aren’t a fly-by-night company.
  of a person or firm that is unscrupulous, may not be in business long, or may flee without paying debts
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  • Their bid was a little more expensive, but I know they aren’t a fly-by-night company.
  • Those jars were something you might expect to find in the basement of a fly-by-night medical school, not a house full of children.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • Bernie took a room in a fly-by-night hotel, fought off an army of roaches, ate hamburgers for lunch and supper, watched the late movie every night, and became a great principal.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The midnight town express, whose shrieking rush they sometimes woke from their dreams to hear, was the Fearsome Fly-by-night.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children

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  • And, God knows, Will had plenty of experience with fly-by-night ideas.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • This ain’t no fly-by-night proposition, baby.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • True, it was a good advertisement at Boosters’ Club lunches, and all the varieties of Annual Banquets to which Good Fellows were invited, to speak sonorously of Unselfish Public Service, the Broker’s Obligation to Keep Inviolate the Trust of His Clients, and a thing called Ethics, whose nature was confusing but if you had it you were a High-class Realtor and if you hadn’t you were a shyster, a piker, and a fly-by-night.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • It is frankly a fly-by-night moving and storage.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • An office that had clearly been many things in its time, one fly-by-night outfit after another.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • If you are thinking Sara Kate is some fly-by-night I just happened to bump into, you are dead wrong, Jim Ed.
    Dori Sanders  --  Clover

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  • Last May, during a fly-by-night stopover between conferences, Aunt Emily told me she’d be sending me "the works.
    Joy Kogawa  --  Obasan
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