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[kach-flahy] /ˈkætʃˌflaɪ/
noun, plural catchflies.
any of various plants, especially of the genera Silene and Lychnis, having a viscid secretion on the stem and calyx in which small insects are sometimes caught.
Origin of catchfly
1590-1600; from phrase catch (the) fly Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for catch flies


noun (pl) -flies
any of several caryophyllaceous plants of the genus Silene that have sticky calyxes and stems on which insects are sometimes trapped
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catch flies

verb phrase

  1. To distract the audience's attention from another performer by making unnecessary gestures and motions (1940s+ Theater)
  2. To gape and yawn, esp from boredom (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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