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

Examples of flypaper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The tire change alone makes the car a delight; the cushioning effect of the taller sidewalls and flypaper stick of the Advans make bumps disappear and corners straighten. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 21 Jan. 2022 Tucker is more your stick-to-’em-like-flypaper cover cornerback. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Aug. 2021 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, 21 Oct. 2020 Your paintings incorporate other materials: an army surplus jacked, old flypaper, burrs. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2020 And bad situations are as much a part of what Brown brings as precise route-running and flypaper hands., 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, 25 Mar. 2018 See More

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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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21 May 2022

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“Flypaper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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