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flews

[flooz]
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plural noun
  1. the large, pendulous sides of the upper lip of certain dogs, as bloodhounds.

Origin of flews

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain

flew2

[floo]
noun
  1. flue3.

flue3

or flew

[floo]
noun
  1. a fishing net.

Origin of flue3

1350–1400; Middle English flowe; compare Middle Dutch vluwe fishing net
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Examples from the Web for flews

Historical Examples

  • At the end of spring the diggers flock back out of the Desert and exchange chaff and flews in the gorgeous verandahs.

    Letters of Travel (1892-1913)

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Yesterday I'd ben willin to bet a 20-cent seegar that my gal, Maria, would 'er lep cross one of the flews of Haydies for me.

    The Bad Boy At Home

    Walter T. Gray

  • The brows are prominent; the flews very long—sometimes a couple of inches—and the nostrils large and well dilated.

    Sporting Dogs

    Frank Townend Barton

  • Then Finn turned to his mate and affectionately licked her low-hanging ears, flews, and dewlap.

    Jan

    A. J. Dawson


British Dictionary definitions for flews

flews

pl n
  1. the fleshy hanging upper lip of a bloodhound or similar dog

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

flew1

verb
  1. the past tense of fly 1

flew2

noun
  1. a variant spelling of flue 3

flue1

noun
  1. a shaft, tube, or pipe, esp as used in a chimney, to carry off smoke, gas, etc
  2. music the passage in an organ pipe or flute within which a vibrating air column is set upSee also flue pipe

Word Origin

C16: of unknown origin

flue2

noun
  1. loose fluffy matter; down

Word Origin

C16: from Flemish vluwe, from Old French velu shaggy

flue3

flew

noun
  1. a type of fishing net

Word Origin

Middle English, from Middle Dutch vlūwe

flue4

noun
  1. another word for fluke 1 (def. 1), fluke 1
Derived Formsflued, adjective
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Word Origin and History for flews

flew

past tense of fly (v.1).

flue

n.

"smoke channel in a chimney," 1580s, perhaps related to 15c. word meaning "mouthpiece of a hunting horn," or perhaps from Old English flowan "to flow," and/or Old French fluie "stream."

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