Definitions

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  • n. A long patch of butter on a floor that will cause anybody walking on it to slip, traditionally used in slapstick or as a practical joke.

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Examples

  • To hear such people talking about servants or about working men will be enough to send the wise and good away with a wild impulse to make, if not a barricade, at least a butter-slide.

    G.K. Speaks - About the Workers

  • I nearly broke my neck on that butter-slide he fixed up in the metal alleyway to the _Whale's_ engine room.

    Accidental Death

  • But imagine a man making a butter-slide and telling everybody it was made with the most expensive butter.

    Alarms and Discursions

  • The most English humour consists of a sort of bathos, of a man returning to the earth his mother in a homely fashion; as when he sits down suddenly on a butter-slide.

    What I Saw in America

  • A great many British journalists have recently imagined that they were pouring oil upon the troubled waters, when they were rather pouring out oil to smooth the downward path; and to turn the broad road to destruction into a butter-slide.

    What I Saw in America

  • Singularly enough, his Uncle John actually did call that morning, and to take him to the Crystal Palace, too; and as there was no butter-slide for him to fall down on, they were able to go.

    The Talking Horse And Other Tales

  • 'Well,' said the clown, relenting, 'if you're a good boy you shall see me make a butter-slide in the hall.'

    The Talking Horse And Other Tales

  • Huntsman of Hogley Woods, 'he met with a severe fall, through treading on a butter-slide, which the twins had constructed from the entrance of the Tapestry Chamber to the top of the oak staircase.

    Lord Arthur Savile's Crime and Other Stories

  • Woods, "he met with a severe fall, through treading on a butter-slide, which the twins had constructed from the entrance of the Tapestry

    Humorous Ghost Stories

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