fly sheet


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fly sheet flap consisting of a piece of canvas that can be drawn back to provide entrance to a tent
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fly sheet a small loose advertising sheet; a handbill.
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In literature:

Courses were hauled up, topgallant sheets were let fly, topsails lowered.
"Charley Laurel" by W. H. G. Kingston
Let fly topgallant sheets!
"Peter Trawl" by W. H. G. Kingston
Studden sail-sheets were let fly.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
I hailed for assistance, and let fly the fore-topmast staysail sheet, while Bramble rounded the ship to.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
The head-sheets had been let fly.
"The Two Shipmates" by William H. G. Kingston
In the strips of shade made by the fly sheets of the tents, men lay in little groups.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Sail trimmers, let fly all sheets and halliards, and stand by with your grapnels!
"Two Gallant Sons of Devon" by Harry Collingwood
The hull was under water, and over it the hungry sea broke in pyramids or solid sheets of flying, freezing spray.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
Edith's soft pencil was already flying over the sheets.
"Molly Brown's Senior Days" by Nell Speed
The winding-sheet flies open, and reveals the skeleton of Death.
"The Temptation of St. Antony" by Gustave Flaubert
He also made a S. John, flying away wrapped in a sheet.
"Lives of the Most Eminent Painters Sculptors and Architects" by Giorgio Vasari
Immediately after, orders were given to let fly all our sheets forward, and then I perceived that they were wearing ship.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
Up with the flying jib, and trim aft them starboard jib and staysail sheets!
"Captain Brand of the "Centipede"" by H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
Then once again the Queen was wrought, who on the winds doth cry, And spreadeth sail; and now, and now, the slackened sheet lets fly.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
The little tree then flies up and the bark sheet strikes the wide mouthpiece of the gun.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
Each trembling sheet shall, as it upwards flies, 5 Present itself to thee a sacrifice.
"Thomas Stanley: His Original Lyrics, Complete, In Their Collated Readings of 1647, 1651, 1657." by Thomas Stanley
The street songs began it, and the pictorial flying-sheets followed.
"Pictures of German Life in the XVth XVIth and XVIIth Centuries, Vol. II." by Gustav Freytag
But his sheets and halyards had been so shot away that not a sail could be set, except the flying jib.
"The Second War with England, Vol. 2 of 2" by Joel Tyler Headley
At this, Little-Faith looked as white as a sheet and had neither power to fight nor fly.
"The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan" by John Bunyan
The Italians there have published flying sheets for some time past.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, No. VII, December 1850, Vol. II" by Various

In poetry:

across love-tousled sheets,
the triremes fading.
Ar the carved door of her temple
a fly wrings its message.
"Egypt, Tobago" by Derek Walcott
Unceasing from the earliest streak of dawn,
O'er sheets of ice and dazzling snow he hies;
Now on the dizzy steep by magic borne,
Now o'er the precipice like light'ning flies.
"The Hunter of The Alps" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

Fly Cut is operated by an independent motor and is made up of two rotating cylinders with special blades that cut the sheet using a synchronized scissor motion, with blade penetration during the cut.
Remember way back in April when everyone went flying into a tizzy over those Vanity Fair photos of little ol' Miley Cyrus hugging a bed sheet to her naked, 15-year-old chest.