shoo fly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n shoo fly coarse South American herb grown for its blue-and-white flowers followed by a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry
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Usage

In literature:

It struck him that to make the picture complete he ought to be shooing flies away from her with a palm-leaf fan.
"The Magnificent Ambersons" by Booth Tarkington
So would H. WARD BEECHER dancin' 'shoo-fly' along with DAN BRYANT.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 19, August 6, 1870" by Various
I do' member a few lak 'Shoo, Fly', 'Old Dan Tucker', an' 'Run, Nigger, Run, de Pateroller Catch You.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
And we would use brushes to shoo away the flies.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Else why did you shoo thet fly?
"Dorothy Dale's Camping Days" by Margaret Penrose
He also had his visiting list, his "fences" and "stool-pigeons" and "shoo-flies.
"Never-Fail Blake" by Arthur Stringer
Old Master and old Mistress come in the big hall to eat in the summer, and I stand behind them and shoo off the flies.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
I'll be sitting out on the veranda next month drinking lemonade and shooing flies like I'd never been away!
"The Last Straw" by William J. Smith
Mr. Leggett, what a shoo-fly that mus' 'a' been!
"John March, Southerner" by George W. Cable
Hezekiah brushed at his face as if to shoo a disturbing fly.
"The Triumph of Virginia Dale" by John Francis, Jr.
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In poetry:

If onny naybor is sick or distressed,
Shoe sends what shoo can an allus her best;
An if onny young fowk chonce to fall i' disgrace,
They fly straight to her and they tell her ther case.
"Happen Thine" by John Hartley

In news:

It's almost like the line in the old popular children's song "Skip to My Lou": "Fly's in the buttermilk, shoo , fly, shoo ".
Flies may shoo whooping cranes from Necedah.
Shoo Baby — this Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress is making one more trip.
This rich, but silky-smooth porter 's got gobs of both, along with toffee, licorice stick, burnt toast, roasted almond and shoo-fly pie.
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