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 Fly (plural flies).Fly a Kite (To). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Fly-boy.
 
The boy in a printing-office who lifts the printed sheets off the press. He is called the fly-boy because he catches the sheets as they fly from the tympan (q.v.) immediately the frisket (q.v.) is opened. This is now generally performed by the pressmen.   1
 


 Fly (plural flies).Fly a Kite (To). 

 
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