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shoofly

[shoo-flahy] /ˈʃuˌflaɪ/
noun, plural shooflies.
1.
a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and painted to resemble animals.
Origin of shoofly
1860-1865
An Americanism dating back to 1860-65; shoo + fly2
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  • shoofly is a girl, but Mis' Poteet didn't fool us this time.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • Then Mis' Poteet she cried the top of shoofly's head so soaking wet it give her a sneeze, and we all had to laugh.

    Rose of Old Harpeth Maria Thompson Daviess
  • "I want you to perform a wedding ceremony at the shoofly Church to-night at seven o'clock," the sheriff announced.

    The Ten-foot Chain Achmed Abdullah
  • At seven o'clock that evening the Flournoy automobile conveyed the happy pair to the shoofly Church.

    The Ten-foot Chain Achmed Abdullah

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