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flypaper

[ flahy-pey-per ]
/ ˈflaɪˌpeɪ pər /
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noun

paper designed to destroy flies by catching them on its sticky surface or poisoning them on contact.

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Origin of flypaper

First recorded in 1840–50; fly1 + paper
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flypaper
/ (ˈflaɪˌpeɪpə) /

noun

paper with a sticky and poisonous coating, usually hung from the ceiling to trap flies
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