fly·​swat·​ter | \ ˈflī-ˌswä-tər How to pronounce flyswatter (audio) \

Definition of flyswatter

: a device for killing insects that consists of a flat piece of perforated rubber or plastic or fine-mesh wire netting attached to a handle

Examples of flyswatter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the site, a graphic appeared, showing an insect with a female face—a logo for DarkMarket—underneath a flyswatter. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Takedown of a Dark-Web Marketplace," 23 Jan. 2021 People made jokes about Jeff Goldblum; other folks dug up images of Biden holding a flyswatter. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "The Pence-Harris Debate Is Over—but Let’s Talk About the Fly," 7 Oct. 2020 This kit is great for kids who have a more visual style of learning; the modules are large and colorful, and the models (everything from a flyswatter to an ambulance) really make the lessons tangible. USA TODAY, "32 incredible coding toys that every kid will want," 27 Mar. 2020 Because Kentucky’s Reid Jolly, a 6-5 wing, is cruising down the court for a breakaway layup, but here comes LaRavia, chasing him down, rising high above him, smearing the ball against the glass, like a flyswatter on a fly. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Just how good is Jake LaRavia? Indiana State's opponents will find out soon enough," 9 June 2019 Childhood family vacations meant the battered old station wagon, replete with backseat sibling brawls and Mom wielding the flyswatter of road-weary justice from up front. Craig Bicknell, WIRED, "Quixtar, But Not Quick Bucks," 13 Apr. 2000

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First Known Use of flyswatter

1917, in the meaning defined above

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7 Feb 2021

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“Flyswatter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flyswatter

: a device used for killing flies and other insects that consists of a flat piece of plastic or other material attached to a handle

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