fly·​pa·​per ˈflī-ˌpā-pər How to pronounce flypaper (audio)
: paper coated with a sticky often poisonous substance for killing flies

Examples of flypaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For liberals, however, the idea is flypaper for falsehoods. Rhoda Feng,, 29 June 2023 Lesser known than other carnivorous plants, the butterwort is the flypaper of the carnivorous plant world. Allison Futterman, Discover Magazine, 6 Dec. 2021 Unsuspecting proteins that typically interact with the bait are immobilized as well; the rest of the protein pool is flushed away, leaving a set of associated proteins on the surface, like flies on flypaper. Jeffrey Marlow, Discover Magazine, 2 Dec. 2015 Like flypaper, these sticky plants ensnare many of the tiny creatures that are unfortunate enough to land there. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2015 Clouds of flies were so thick that dead ones dropped off flypaper strips hanging over tables in the dining hall. Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian -, 26 Oct. 2022 In a dank home in the village of Malotaranivka on the outskirts of Kramatorsk, speckled twists of flypaper hung from the living room ceiling. Cara Anna, Anchorage Daily News, 26 July 2022 With flypaper-like hands in help defense and 44% accuracy on catch-and-shoot three-pointers, Covington became one of their top targets to retain. Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 But on the other end of the spectrum (and far more plentiful) are scenes like a 54-second shot of flypaper. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flypaper was in 1846

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“Flypaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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fly·​pa·​per -ˌpā-pər How to pronounce flypaper (audio)
: paper coated with a sticky often poisonous substance for killing flies

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