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The adjective fly-by-night refers to someone or something that is not trustworthy. In particular, it is often used to describe companies who take your money and run. Here are some sample sentences using the English idiom fly-by-night:

When I couldn’t find the company’s address in the telephone book, I realized that I had been dealing with a fly-by-night organization.

I wondered why, despite all of the good things that the salesman had told me, no one knew his company’s name. Was it, perhaps, a fly-by-night company?

In these two sample sentences, the words fly-by-night could have easily been replaced by the words dishonest or shady. What are signs of a fly-by-night company?


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