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 Flutter.Fly (plural flys). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Flutter the Devecotes (To).
 
To disturb the equanimity of a society. The phrase occurs in Coriolanus.   1
        “The important movement in favour of a general school of law fluttered the dovecotes of the Inns of Court.”—Nineteenth Century (Nov., 1892 p. 779).
 


 Flutter.Fly (plural flys). 

 
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