fly swatter

fly swatter
fly′ swat`ter or fly′swat`ter
n.
a device for killing insects, usu. a square sheet of wire or plastic mesh attached to a long handle

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • fly swatter — a device for killing flies, mosquitoes, and other insects, usually a square sheet of wire mesh attached to a long handle. Also, fly swatter, flyswatter. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • fly swatter — a device for killing flies, mosquitoes, and other insects, usually a square sheet of wire mesh attached to a long handle. Also, fly swatter, flyswatter. [1885 90] …   Useful english dictionary

  • fly swatter — small hand held paddle used to kill flies …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swatter — [swät′ər] n. 1. a person who swats 2. a device, as of fine mesh on a handle, for swatting flies, etc.: in full fly swatter …   English World dictionary

  • fly swat — or fly swatter noun A device with which to hit or drive away flies • • • Main Entry: ↑fly …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fly-killing device — A fly killing device is an apparatus used for pest control. A fly killing device usually attracts flying insects including houseflies, wasps, moths and mosquitoes. The flying insects are then either killed or released. Types of Fly KillersFly… …   Wikipedia

  • fly — {{11}}fly (adj.) slang, clever, alert, wide awake, late 18c., perhaps from FLY (Cf. fly) (n.) on the notion of the insect being hard to catch. Other theories, however, trace it to fledge or flash. Slang use in 1990s might be a revival or a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • swatter — /swot euhr/, n. 1. a person or thing that swats. 2. See fly swatter. [1910 15; SWAT1 + ER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • swatter — swat·ter || swÉ‘tÉ™(r) / swÉ’ n. fly swatter, stick with a wide plastic end used to kill flies or other insects …   English contemporary dictionary

  • swatter — swat•ter [[t]ˈswɒt ər[/t]] n. 1) one that swats 2) fly swatter • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

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