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[flahy-muh n] /ˈflaɪ mən/
noun, plural flymen. Theater
a stagehand, especially one who operates the apparatus in the flies.
Origin of flyman
1835-45; fly1 + -man Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I went out on the steps to meet him, and with the help of the flyman he brought in the luggage.

    Forty Thousand Miles Over Land and Water Lady (Ethel Gwendoline [Moffatt]) Vincent
  • He reached the parkgates at three in the afternoon, telling his flyman to wait.

  • One day he was arraigned before the magistrate, who asked the flyman the nature of the complaint.

    The Autobiography of a Thief Hutchins Hapgood
  • Owen handed his sister into the vehicle, and told the flyman to drive on.

    Desperate Remedies Thomas Hardy
  • But the flyman shook his head, and looked very serious, and told me that he feared bad times were coming.

    Erema R. D. Blackmore
  • The flyman touched his hat, turned the horse, and drove back as directed.

    A Group of Noble Dames Thomas Hardy
  • The flyman had fixed the luggage on top of the cab, and was standing in the bar, whip in hand.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • When the proof of that journey was obtained from the flyman, the evidence would be complete.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • The flyman was leaning through the door of the fly, helping some one to alight.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • The flyman pocketed his fare—the exact fare—and concluding that they were sight-seeing, drove sleepily off.

    Wild Margaret Geraldine Fleming
British Dictionary definitions for flyman


noun (pl) -men
(theatre) a stagehand who operates the scenery, curtains, etc, in the flies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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