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[fla-er-tee, flah-] /ˈflæ ər ti, ˈflɑ-/
Robert Joseph, 1884–1951, U.S. pioneer in the production of documentary motion pictures. Unabridged
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  • Having reached this conclusion the special agent called Police Sergeant Flaherty on the telephone.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
  • Did you see anything of Officer Flaherty, who ought to be on this beat?

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
  • There was one Flaherty lived up at Johnny Reed's and he died.

  • Between my Irish vis-à-vis Flaherty and myself there existed no such strain.

    Grey Roses Henry Harland
  • That Flaherty, God forgive him, comes to me as white as a sheet, “I think you are the proper person.”

    Chance Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for Flaherty


Robert (Joseph). 1884–1951, US film director, a pioneer of documentary film; his work includes Nanook of the North (1922) and Elephant Boy (1935)
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Word Origin and History for Flaherty

surname, Irish Flaithbheartach, literally "Bright-Ruler."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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