- n. Alternative form of daddy longlegs
“It was especially concerned about miserable summers that were making life difficult for creatures from craneflies or daddy-longlegs to species of butterflies, members of the tit family and bats.”
“One of those daddy-longlegs arms came at me and I slipped it, but it just kept unfolding.”
“He can watch a ladybug make its way across the driveway for half an hour, happily play with a daddy-longlegs spider until the spider (usually missing at least one long leg by this point) escapes, examine with awe the trail of ants marching up our ash tree.”
“An old reprobate daddy-longlegs, who has never said his prayers”
“Lucy jumped if a daddy-longlegs walked within a yard of her, and everyone knew that daddy-longlegs were about as scary as Puff the Magic Dragon.”
“Groping under the couch with one arm, a complex network of cobwebs is disturbed, sending a family of daddy-longlegs scampering.”
“The first shoal of gnats, mosquitoes, and lady-birds, which Geronimo ignored, was very soon followed by the daddy-longlegs, the lacewing flies, the smaller moths, and some of the more robust beetles.”
“In Ireland "dapping" with the green drake or the daddy-longlegs is practised from boats on most of the big loughs.”
“As no one appeared but an inquisitive daddy-longlegs, who examined her work with interest, she went to walk, got caught in a shower, and came home dripping.”
“Hogarth here saying: "There you have a menagerie of gnome-land: observe those two black beetles, sedately nodding; and there is daddy-longlegs, working his legs gymnastically; and the three pairs of gallant grey stallions, galloping grandly neck to neck; and those two ridiculous beings, rubbing their palms together, round and round: each preoccupied, comically solemn, busied about its own quaint affairs -- like a varied gnomeland".”
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