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tent fly

fly1 (def 22).
Origin of tent fly
An Americanism dating back to 1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • When I opened the tent fly the moon was up, about where it is now.

    The Daughter of a Magnate

    Frank H. Spearman
  • Ernest had covered the engine with a tent fly, but Roger did not even glance at the idol of his heart.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Officers should be content with a tent fly, improvising poles and shelter out of bushes.

  • A tent fly lifts and the process of creating a contemptuous curl of mustache greets the penetrating vision.

  • Back of our tents is our dining-table, made of planks split from the spruce, and sheltered with a tent fly.

    Fishing With The Fly Charles F. Orvis and Others
  • Put the spindle in the end of each pole through the holes in the ridge pole, and the eyelets in the tent and tent fly ridge.

    Campward Ho! Unknown
  • Br'er Rabbit was under the tent fly, tugging away at the salt bag which I had left there carelessly after curing a bearskin.

    Ways of Wood Folk William J. Long

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