from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A common name of the small green heron of the United States, Butorides virescens, also called shitepoke, chalk-line, and little green heron.
- n. A giddy, capricious person.
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"'Tis that fly-up-the-creek miller as they've come arter," he muttered.
When once the fly-up-the-creek had gone out of sight and out of hearing,
"You must put that away!" said the fly-up-the-creek, pecking his long nose at the gold key.
"Now, my white coat, put that back, ke-whack," said the fly-up-the-creek fairy.
Now, if he had James's temper, I could make something out of him, but he's different -- he's fly-up-the-creek -- he's as flighty as a woman. "
"Don't you know Tom Pollard is nothing but a fly-up-the-creek?