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shoofly

[shoo-flahy] /ˈʃuˌflaɪ/
noun, plural shooflies.
1.
a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and painted to resemble animals.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; shoo + fly2
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Slang definitions & phrases for shoo-fly

shoo-fly

noun

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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