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[flahy-pey-per] /ˈflaɪˌpeɪ pər/
paper designed to destroy flies by catching them on its sticky surface or poisoning them on contact.
Origin of flypaper
First recorded in 1840-50; fly2 + paper Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Its driver was the boy who had brought the flypaper and "Job."

    The Woman-Haters Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Well, say, a kitten with four feet stuck in the flypaper didn't have anything on me.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • "Yes, it is; and flypaper is made from my sticky pine gum," said the tree.

    Uncle Wiggily in the Woods

    Howard R. Garis
  • It seemed his one best bet, the only way to get his feet out of the flypaper.

    By Advice of Counsel Arthur Train
  • But he kept on and drew nearer and nearer, breathing hard and gathering flies like a flypaper.

    The Wheels of Chance H. G. Wells
  • The agricultural model for instance, which was practicable, proved a kind of flypaper for these busybodies.

    The Wrecker Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne
  • He prowls around and challenges man until he comes to the flypaper; he then slinks away.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • President Cleveland—And are you using that flypaper according to directions?

British Dictionary definitions for flypaper


paper with a sticky and poisonous coating, usually hung from the ceiling to trap flies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flypaper

1851 (though the item itself is said to have become commonly available in London in 1848), from fly (n.1) + paper (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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