Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something with which to drive away flies; a fly-flapper.
  • n. A kind of somersault. See the extract.

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Examples

  • “Are there still flies or mosquitos in here? and why do yet use that fly-flap for, to drive what away?”

    Hung Lou Meng

  • While I was thus inwardly venting my wrath upon Karl Ivanitch, he had passed to his own bedstead, looked at his watch (which hung suspended in a little shoe sewn with bugles), and deposited the fly-flap on a nail, then, evidently in the most cheerful mood possible, he turned round to us.

    Childhood

  • "Are there still flies or mosquitos in here? and why do yet use that fly-flap for, to drive what away?"

    Hung Lou Meng, Book II Or, the Dream of the Red Chamber, a Chinese Novel in Two Books

  • His face had become fair and ruddy, and his body plump and jolly; and he was reclining at his ease on cushions of brocade, and had the Houri-like damsel lolling by his side, and the fairy-formed youth holding a fly-flap of peacock's feathers in his hand, and standing by him in attendance.

    The Persian Literature, Comprising The Shah Nameh, The Rubaiyat, The Divan, and The Gulistan, Volume 2

  • ` ` He stops as regularly as the swordsman, and carries his blows truly in the line; he steps not back distrusting of himself, to stop a blow, and puddle in the return, with an arm unaided by his body, producing but fly-flap blows.

    Through the Magic Door

  • Innumerable are they, and it is not thy lot to be a fly-flap.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

  • On the 12th of August, 18 -- (just three days after my tenth birthday, when I had been given such wonderful presents), I was awakened at seven o'clock in the morning by Karl Ivanitch slapping the wall close to my head with a fly-flap made of sugar paper and a stick.

    Childhood

  • China figures, a few cups, and about a dozen books; and behind the little looking-glass on the wall there was a fly-flap, and a birch rod carefully bound round with red ribbon.

    Debit and Credit Translated from the German of Gustav Freytag

  • I was conversing quietly with the Governor, seated beside him on his ottoman, a privilege granted only to me, the Nather (_native_ governor) and the Kady, when rushed into the apartment a Souafee Arab, exclaiming to the Rais, "How are you?" and seizing hold of his hands, knocked his fly-flap down on the floor.

    Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846

  • This species of fly-flap is greatly valued in Soudan, where it sells at a high price.

    Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846

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