fly·​pa·​per | \ ˈflī-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce flypaper (audio) \

Definition of flypaper

: paper coated with a sticky often poisonous substance for killing flies

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Recent Examples on the Web The burrs are from the L.A. River reeds that grow in my backyard, and the flypaper was hanging in Don’s studio. Los Angeles Times, "How Linda Stark transforms kitschy hearts into visceral symbols of love and valor," 21 Oct. 2020 Your paintings incorporate other materials: an army surplus jacked, old flypaper, burrs. Los Angeles Times, "How Linda Stark transforms kitschy hearts into visceral symbols of love and valor," 21 Oct. 2020 And bad situations are as much a part of what Brown brings as precise route-running and flypaper hands., "Before this, Brown simply had sports baggage — being self-absorbed, selfish, unreliable, and temperamental. The type of stuff teams can write off with bromides about fresh starts and clean slates. The type of stuff fans forgive at the sight of preferred laundry.," 12 Sep. 2019 Inside the store, a long strip of yellowish-brown flypaper dangled from the ceiling, and dozens of small insects were stuck to the surface. Michael A. Gonzales, The Root, "Roses," 25 Mar. 2018 Handing a candy cane to a child is like volunteering to coat your home in flypaper. Drew Magary, GQ, "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire Are a Lie, and Other Holiday Food Facts," 19 Dec. 2017 The loose-limbed, dim-witted dog Pluto was an unequal match for a piece of flypaper. Lily Rothman, Time, "'Molding Myths and Spinning Fantasies': Read Walt Disney's Obituary From 1966," 15 Dec. 2017 Within its competitive set, however, this Subie lacks the Honda Civic Type R’s flypaper-like grip, the Ford Focus RS’s heady thrust, and the Volkswagen Golf R’s near-luxury refinement. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2018 Subaru WRX STI," 30 Oct. 2017 Using a pneumatic control system, an operator can make the bot turn corners and even squeeze itself through a narrow crack between two pieces of sticky flypaper. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Meet your new fungible, phallic robot friend," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of flypaper

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of flypaper was in 1846

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“Flypaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flypaper

: a long piece of sticky paper that is used for catching and killing flies

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