- a stagehand, especially one who operates the apparatus in the flies.
Origin of flyman
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Examples from the Web for flyman
Crane was at the gate, and the flyman had stood up on the box.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Driving up into the station, he was greeted by a flyman waiting for hire.
The flyman was leaning through the door of the fly, helping some one to alight.
Half a minute later Hugh Ritson and the flyman had returned to the bar.
He reached the parkgates at three in the afternoon, telling his flyman to wait.Diana of the Crossways, Complete
- theatre a stagehand who operates the scenery, curtains, etc, in the flies
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