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[flahy-muh n] /ˈflaɪ mən/
noun, plural flymen. Theater.
a stagehand, especially one who operates the apparatus in the flies.
Origin of flyman
First recorded in 1835-45; fly1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • 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.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • The flyman was leaning through the door of the fly, helping some one to alight.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • Half a minute later Hugh Ritson and the flyman had returned to the bar.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • He reached the parkgates at three in the afternoon, telling his flyman to wait.

  • Then she walked away in the pouring rain, and beckoned a flyman from the stand.

    Contraband G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • It did not take the flyman long to find the whole kit of tools.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • Owen handed his sister into the vehicle, and told the flyman to drive on.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • The flyman touched his hat, turned the horse, and drove back as directed.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • The flyman got down and tried to open the other, but could not manage it.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
British Dictionary definitions for flyman


noun (pl) -men
(theatre) a stagehand who operates the scenery, curtains, etc, in the flies
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