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flyman

[flahy-muh n]
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noun, plural fly·men. Theater.
  1. a stagehand, especially one who operates the apparatus in the flies.

Origin of flyman

First recorded in 1835–45; fly1 + -man
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Examples from the Web for flyman

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.


British Dictionary definitions for flyman

flyman

noun plural -men
  1. theatre a stagehand who operates the scenery, curtains, etc, in the flies
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