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tent fly

fly1 (def 22).
Origin of tent fly
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We sailed down Lake Lindeman with a fair brisk wind, using our tent-fly braced against a pole, for a sail.

    Through the Yukon Gold Diggings Josiah Edward Spurr
  • Le Corbier had risen hurriedly from his seat and drawn back the tent-fly.

    The Frontier Maurice LeBlanc
  • Both turned on him for separating them; but he was into the tent-fly and nearly out of range.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • Is a piece of canvas valuable only for a tent-fly, but worthless as a painting?

    Your National Parks Enos A. Mills
  • A tent-fly had been made to do duty for a roof at the Colonel's.

  • Bring half a sack of corn, some bread and meat, the tent-fly and blankets.

    Wells Brothers Andy Adams
  • Benjamin stooped over a mass of bedding, rolled up in a tent-fly, and brought to light a canvas bag.

  • Elliott came and flung a tent-fly over Lieutenant Bannon and me as we lay on the ground back of the men.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane

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