from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Paper coated with a sticky, sometimes poisonous substance, used to catch flies.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A strip of paper coated with a sticky, often poisonous, substance that catches and kills flies that land on it
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. poisoned or sticky paper for killing flies that feed upon or are entangled by it.
- n. A strip of paper that is coated with a sticky substance and suspended from an overhead object to trap and kill flies; also, a similar paper poisoned so as to kill flies on contact.
- n. paper covered with a sticky preparation, -- used for catching flies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Poisoned paper used for killing flies, or a paper with an adhesive coating to which flies adhere.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. paper that is poisoned or coated with a sticky substance to kill flies
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If our troops in Iraq are just "flypaper" -- sitting-duck targets to attract terrorist bombers -- why not try to get the Palestinian suicide bombers to go after them, too?
Aura watches the pot of flypaper, which is boiling too vigorously, and lowers the flame.
The Bush administration hoped that Iraq would draw terrorists to one place, making them easier to kill, the so-called flypaper theory.
It's called the flypaper theory in itself a monumentally stupid notion as the attacks in London last year demonstrated and the imperialist hubris behind such an attitude is truly sickening.
President Clinton correctly says that NAFTA has become a "flypaper" for many economic discontents, from corporate "downsizing" to low wages, that have nothing to do with Mexico.
Well, it's said that Sturges had Paramount ask Disney for permission to use that specific cartoon -- there's apparently a note in the files with the phrase "Get 'flypaper' cartoon" -- and after the great success of LADY EVE, Paramount was willing to humor the filmmaker.
I appreciate Richard Toner's letter but disagree with him on what is often called the "flypaper" theory of America's Iraq strategy: that we can attract the world's terrorists to Iraq and kill them there.
I have used the language over the years of "flypaper" theory of taxation --- borrowing from public finance theory the idea of whether or not a tax would 'stick' where government officials intended; or "institutional stickiness" and "path dependency" building on the intellectual framework developed by Menger and Mises on the evolution and acceptance of money.
That is particularly interesting in light of the recently revived and ever popular "flypaper" excuse.
As for the "flypaper" excuse, well, I guess recent events show just how lame that is on BOTH fronts--Americans and Iraqis get killed over there, while it looks like the entire globe is no safer--hell, even Bush admitted as much at Ft.