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tent fly

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noun
  1. fly1(def 22).

Origin of tent fly

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • Le Corbier had risen hurriedly from his seat and drawn back the tent-fly.

    The Frontier

    Maurice LeBlanc

  • Is a piece of canvas valuable only for a tent-fly, but worthless as a painting?

    Your National Parks

    Enos A. Mills

  • A tent-fly had been made to do duty for a roof at the Colonel's.

  • Bring half a sack of corn, some bread and meat, the tent-fly and blankets.

    Wells Brothers

    Andy Adams

  • Benjamin stooped over a mass of bedding, rolled up in a tent-fly, and brought to light a canvas bag.