Some founded a synagogue in Recife, Brazil (now in ruins), then fanned out throughout the Caribbean.
Rather than let the accusation be covered up by other tweets and quotes, Obama surrogate David Axelrod fanned the flames.
We might never know how Mitchell fanned two icons of the game, or if she did it under false pretenses.
Some held umbrellas against the Georgia sun, while most fanned themselves with a few fresh resumes.
The dozen hid out in a tiny apartment, using coded telephone signals as Texas Rangers fanned across the state to find them.
She threw back her pretty head, laughed softly, and fanned herself.
Tillie, at Mrs. McKee's, stood in the doorway and fanned herself with her apron.
He was very much in earnest, while he fanned her, and his earnestness amused her as much as the American's irony.
Weary Willie stood up in his stirrups and fanned Glory with his hat.
He fanned himself vigorously with his drooping hat while he talked.
device to make an air current, Old English fann (West Saxon) "a basket or shovel for winnowing grain" (by tossing it in the air), from Latin vannus, related to ventus "wind" (see wind (n.1)).
The chaff, being lighter, would blow off. Sense of "device for moving air" first recorded late 14c.; the hand-held version is first attested 1550s. A fan-light (1819) was shaped like a lady's fan.
"devotee," 1889, American English, originally of baseball enthusiasts, probably a shortening of fanatic, but may be influenced by the fancy, a collective term for followers of a certain hobby or sport (especially boxing); see fancy. There is an isolated use from 1682, but the modern word is likely a late 19c. formation. Fan club attested by 1930.
late Old English fannian "to winnow grain," from the noun (see fan (n.1)). Meaning "to stir up air" is from early 15c. Related: Fanned; fanning. To fan out "spread out like a hand-held fan," is from 1590s.
a winnowing shovel by which grain was thrown up against the wind that it might be cleansed from broken straw and chaff (Isa. 30:24; Jer. 15:7; Matt. 3:12). (See AGRICULTURE.)