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, she found it was a fly-by-night business.

II. noun informal
1. A company that sells many cheap things for a big profit and then disappears.

A dependable company honors its guarantees, but a fly-by-night only wants your money.

2. A person who does not pay his bills, but sneaks away (as at night.)

Hotels are bothered by fly-by-nights.


Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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