from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A loose sheet of paper forming a single leaf, as one on which a handbill or broadside is printed.


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  • Then, taking up his pencil, he entered an account on the fly-sheet of the Bible, and seemed satisfied when he discovered that his illness would not involve him in the loss which he had anticipated; and smiling the smile of selfish gain, he closed his eyes and slept.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898)

  • A MS. preserved in the Bibliothèque Sainte Généviève -- it appears to have been the cellarer's book of the ancient abbey of that name, and to have been written about the beginning of the sixteenth century -- bears on the fly-sheet the name of "Mathieu Monton, religieux et célérier de l'église de céans," with the following verses:

    Notes and Queries, Number 188, June 4, 1853 A Medium of Inter-communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc.

  • Out of mere vacancy of mind I walked near to read the fly-sheet again, and, by a curious chance, among the drone of words from the other room, the only one my quick ear could pick out distinctly was "Nicks."

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • Hanging on the wall behind the bar was a fly-sheet, the very same I had read in the "Swan with Two Necks" at

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • I fetched the fly-sheet down, held it out to her, and said sharply, "Read it to me!"

    The Yeoman Adventurer

  • In 1492 Thierry Maertens printed at Antwerp, as a fly-sheet, a Latin translation of the letter of Columbus in which he announced his discovery of the New World, and in this way probably first made known the great event to the men of Northern Europe.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize

  • It was printed on a fly-sheet, for a few friends, then found its way into a hymn-book, edited by my well-beloved friend, Dr. Edwin F. Hatfield, and then it took wing and flew over the world into many foreign languages.

    Recollections of a Long Life

  • Towards the termination of the previous century, comic literature was represented by an occasional fly-sheet, shot off to satirize some absurdity of the day.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)

  • My often-cited fly-sheet authority, Leach's _Great Champions of England_, has been of use.

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649

  • But, though this is the practical proposal of the fly-sheet, its main interest lies in its lamentation over the lack of the normal fuel.

    The Life of John Milton Volume 3 1643-1649


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