flypaper flypaper  /f ˈlaɪ ˌpeɪ pər/


  • (n) paper that is poisoned or coated with a sticky substance to kill flies


  1. She saw them coming, instantly drained a stiff tumbler of her potent essence of flypaper and died.
  2. Bacon's is flypaper, and innumerable claims stick to it: over the past 40 years it has attracted extremes of praise and calumniation.
  3. The loose-limbed, dim-witted dog Pluto was an unequal match for a piece of flypaper.



  1. "This proposal was designed to contain a spreading crisis, and urgent action is needed," said Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader, urging Democrats not to use the legislation "as flypaper for partisan add-ons."
    on Sep 22, 2008 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Dallas Morning News

  2. If Ronald Reagan was "the Teflon president" because controversies never stuck, Deaver wrote, then Nancy Reagan might be called the "flypaper first lady," because everything did.
    on Aug 18, 2007 By: Michael K Deaver Source: Los Angeles Times

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