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[shoo-flahy] /ˈʃuˌflaɪ/
noun, plural shooflies.
a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and painted to resemble animals.
Origin of shoofly
1860-65, Americanism; shoo + fly2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • shoo-fly afflicted the American people for at least two years, and "I don't think" and aber nit quite as long.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
Word Origin and History for shoo-fly

admonition to a pest, by 1867 (in baseball slang), from shoo (v.) + fly (n.). Popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song c.1870, which launched it as a catch-phrase that, according to H.L. Mencken, "afflicted the American people for at least two years." Shoo-fly pie is attested from 1935.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A police officer, often in plainclothes, set to watch other police officers: Fuck the shooflies. I never took a nickel from anybody

[1877+ Police; fr a common admonition to a fly or other pest, popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song about 1870, and which, according to H L Mencken, ''afflicted the American people for at least two years'' as a catch phrase]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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