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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flapdragon A game in which the players catch raisins out burning brandy, and swallow them blazing.
    • Flapdragon The thing thus caught and eaten. "Cakes and ale, and flapdragons and mummer's plays, and all the happy sports of Christians night."
    • v. t Flapdragon To swallow whole, as a flapdragon; to devour. "See how the sea flapdragoned it."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flapdragon A play in which the players snatch plums, raisins, or other things out of burning brandy or spirits, and swallow them; snapdragon; also, the materials for the game.
    • n flapdragon A plum, raisin, or other thing to be snatched from the burning liquor in playing flapdragon. See the extracts.
    • flapdragon To swallow at one gulp; snatch and devour, as in the play of flapdragon.
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In literature:

Remain here, while Flapdragon and I ascertain his wishes.
"Auriol" by W. Harrison Ainsworth