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[shoo-flahy] /ˈʃuˌflaɪ/
noun, plural shooflies.
a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and painted to resemble animals.
1860-65, Americanism; shoo + fly2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin and History for shoo-fly

admonition to a pest, by 1867 (in baseball slang), from shoo (v.) + fly (n.). Popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song c.1870, which launched it as a catch-phrase that, according to H.L. Mencken, "afflicted the American people for at least two years." Shoo-fly pie is attested from 1935.

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A police officer, often in plainclothes, set to watch other police officers: Fuck the shooflies. I never took a nickel from anybody

[1877+ Police; fr a common admonition to a fly or other pest, popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song about 1870, and which, according to H L Mencken, ''afflicted the American people for at least two years'' as a catch phrase]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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