- to distribute leaflets or handbills to or among: Campaign workers leafleted shoppers at the mall.
- to distribute leaflets.
Origin of leaflet
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- a printed and usually folded sheet of paper for distribution, usually free and containing advertising material or information about a political party, charity, etc
- any of the subdivisions of a compound leaf such as a fern leaf
- (loosely) any small leaf or leaflike part
- to distribute printed leaflets (to)they leafleted every flat in the area
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1787 as a term in botany; 1867 as a term in printing and publication; diminutive of leaf (n.)
A newspaperman asked the British authorities for a copy of the leaflets distributed in Germany by British airplanes. According to the London Daily Herald, his request was refused with the following answer: "Copies are not given out, as they might fall into enemy hands." ["The Living Age" magazine, Sept. 1939-Feb. 1940]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A small leaf or leaflike part, especially one of the blades or divisions of a compound leaf.
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