• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Fly-catching (Zoöl) Having the habit of catching insects on the wing.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Domitian took great pleasure in being secluded in his room for hours and catching flies and stabbing them with pens
    • fly-catching Catching flies; habitually pursuing flies upon the wing; having the characters of a flycatcher.
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  • Proverb
    “An eagle does not catch flies.”
  • Tommy Henrich
    Tommy Henrich
    “Catching a fly ball is a pleasure, but knowing what to do with it is a business.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “A closed mouth catches no flies.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “A spoonful of honey will catch more flies than a gallon of vinegar.”
  • James Thurber
    “Man is flying too fast for a world that is round. Soon he will catch up with himself in a great rear end collision.”


You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar - This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.


In literature:

Besides, who will now catch the flies for my microscope?
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
He turned to avoid the terrific rush, and catching fitful glimpses of the leaping form among the beasts, raised his gun and let fly.
"The Great Cattle Trail" by Edward S. Ellis
A close mouth catches no flies.
"A Prairie Infanta" by Eva Wilder Brodhead
What is the use of sitting here longer, gazing into vacancy, as if you were waiting to catch flies?
"Pepita Ximenez" by Juan Valera
Try to catch a big blow-fly upon the window-pane and see how difficult the trick is, while with a honey bee it is no trick at all.
"Under the Maples" by John Burroughs
You could see already that Archie was spinning his web like a spider, and that he'd catch us as flies.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
I wish Herr Hardy would let me see him catch fish on the Gudenaa with flies.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
A man riding a goat, catching a flying devil.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume I (of 3)" by John Ruskin
He made a flying leap forward, and was barely able to catch Werner by the tail of his coat.
"The Rover Boys in the Land of Luck" by Edward Stratemeyer
Flies and insects, to any amount, are to be had for the catching; and the opportunity is well improved.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 91, May, 1865" by Various

In poetry:

Catch the, O! catch the transient hour,
Improve each moment as it flies;
Life's a short Summer - man a flower,
He dies - alas! how soon he dies!
"Winter" by Samuel Johnson
The warl'ly race may riches chase,
An' riches still may fly them, O;
An' though at last they catch them fast,
Their hearts can ne'er enjoy them, O.
"Green Grow The Rashes" by Robert Burns
But now that veil the youth unbinds,
Then to the bark with ardour ties….
See! its folds catch the passing winds,
And lo, to land the vessel flies!
"The Origin of the Sail" by Amelia Opie
We wait, we watch, we think, we plan
To catch the pleasure ere it flies,
But when 'tis caught, for which we ran,
It often droops, perchance, it dies.
"Man And His Pleasures" by Thomas Frederick Young
An hundred times thou did'st thy valour try,
But ev'ry trial was as oft in vain:
And if thou dost not from the victor fly,
Thou certainly shalt catch a fall again.
"Advice To The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
So I catch him by the head a little shorter,
And his answer comes a-thrilling from the bit;
Then I loose him, and he flies it. What a snorter!
And he never made the shadow of a hit!
"A Gallop From The Train" by William Henry Ogilvie

In news:

Let's Catch Up: Phelps In Fly, Too Many Tweets, And A Chatty Olympics Greeter.
Syracuse left fielder Mark Teahen had better luck catching this fly ball midway through Saturday night's game at Alliance Bank Stadium than the Chiefs did catching the Columbus Clippers.
Ventura and Santa Barbara County travelers planning to fly this Thanksgiving holiday weekend are being warned to allow lots of extra time to catch your flights.
Before I start even catching up on whatever else might have gone on while I was flying, I wanted to throw out one quick bit of news.
This spider found a warm place to build its web and catch flying insects at night.
How To Catch A Fly Ball .
The Fresno State softball team teaches Anthony Flores how to catch a routine fly ball in this weeks coaches tip.
You want to catch a carp on a fly-rod .
Hop over to Dallas Children's Theater to catch the regional premiere of the delightful Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly.
Colin Potter of Bremerton reaches out to catch a flying disc during an orange sunset last week.
Rob McLeod and dog Davy Whippet set a new World Flying Disc Federation and Guinness World Record for Distance to Canine Catch.
Man arrested for indecent exposure Police catch suspect on the bus with his fly down.
The second leg of my Florida trip took me back to Amelia Island for another shot at catching some redfish on a fly rod with Capt.
"Techn/Tact, Res Mgt, catch-and-release" Fly Rod and Reel Magazine 1984 March - "Catch, Revive , Release.
Cornersville right fielder Breanne Dunkleman catches a fly ball by Moore County's Sara Raby in the top of the third inning.