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  1. Delapoma's Avatar

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    Smile a high flyer-person?

    I saw this adjective in my English book,obviously it is British,but, is it a person who believes that he/she is better than the rest of everybody? Thanks for your help.

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    Re: a high flyer-person?

    Quote Originally Posted by Delapoma View Post
    I saw this adjective in my English book,obviously it is British,but, is it a person who believes that he/she is better than the rest of everybody? Thanks for your help.
    No. First, there's a difference between a high-flyer and a flyer-person.

    A high-flyer is a person who moves in the upper strata of society. For instance, a jet-setter is a high-flyer.

    There's no such thing as a flyer-person, so the phrase high flyer-person doesn't make sense. The writer probably meant to say high-flyer.

    [I edit copy and have tutored college writing.]

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