Definitions

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  • n. Someone who drives a fly-coach.
  • n. Someone who operates a fly system in a theatre.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The driver of a fly, or light public carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who works the ropes in the flies of a theater.
  • n. One who drives a fly.

Etymologies

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fly +‎ -man

Examples

  • Buquet, the chief flyman, is called, but he can offer no explanation.

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  • But before I explain what scientists led by Michael Dickinson of the California Institute of Technology (that would be the Dickinson whose e-mail is "flyman") have learned about how the fly brain calculates the location of the looming swatter, formulates an escape plan and plants its legs in an optimal position to hop out of the way (all within about 100 milliseconds of spotting the swatter), let's cut to the chase: the best way to swat a fly, Dickinson says, is

    Sore Eyes

  • With the manfly dead and his wife, Patricia Owens, about to be carted off to an insane asylum for his murder, Price and police inspector Herbert Marshall make the ghastly eleventh hour discovery of a flyman caught in a spiderweb in the garden.

    31 Screams: Al Hedison

  • Just as the spider descends upon the flyman, the inspector hefts a large stone and crushes both creatures, killing them together and sparing us the coup de grace.

    31 Screams: Al Hedison

  • Although Bey Nye's makeup suggests dessication and age, there's an innocence about the flyman, a seemingly complete inability to understand why this is happening, that makes him seem like a child.

    31 Screams: Al Hedison

  • As most of the dead scientist's intelligence was retained within his manfly brain, there obviously isn't much left for that of the flyman... who screams pitiably as he meets his doom.

    31 Screams: Al Hedison

  • A big, bearish flyman stage right was testing out Elphaba's flying harness and hoist.

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  • No flyman – I am saying because they have no intelligence as veiwers they will believe what is spoonfed to them.

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  • But the flyman shook his head, and looked very serious, and told me that he feared bad times were coming.

    Erema

  • Therefore, being now full of money again, I hired the flyman who had made us taste the water, and taking train at Newport, and changing at two or three places as ordered, crossed many little streams, and came to a fair river, which proved to be the Thames itself, a few miles above

    Erema

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