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Fly powder


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fly powder an arsenical powder used to poison flies.
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In literature:

With bodily activity their powder will fly, their enamel crack.
"The Works of Max Beerbohm" by Max Beerbohm
I had twelve drachms of powder in the four-ounce rifle, and I took a flying shot at his shoulder.
"The Rifle and The Hound in Ceylon" by Samuel White Baker
The burning powder would fly off their hand without burning.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
Last night the wind began to blow, and to-day it is blowing a gale and the snow flies like powdered glass.
"The American Missionary" by Various
Systems, however imposing, structures, however vast, fly into dust and powder at a touch.
"The Meaning of Good--A Dialogue" by G. Lowes Dickinson
The red flag is always to be hoisted at the powder-houses when they are opened, and kept flying until they are closed.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
As they slide down the snow flies over them like a fine powder.
"The Human Side of Animals" by Royal Dixon
Powder flies up, and it wouldn't hurt us.
"The Black Bar" by George Manville Fenn
To clean the room where there are many flies, burn pyrethrum powder (Persian insect powder).
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The fly had eaten some of the sweetish powder.
"Beyond the Vanishing Point" by Raymond King Cummings
He was close enough for me to see that while he had escaped a wound from the flying stones his shoulder was blown full of powder.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
De powder flash, an' de crows fly 'way; An' de Bullfrog shoot at 'em all nex' day.
"Negro Folk Rhymes" by Thomas W. Talley
A fly had eaten of the sweetish powder.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
The sheath for flying ought to be slender and long, and filled with the aforesaid powder well rammed.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 368, June 1846" by Various
Now if powder were under the cloister, these little birds would not fly to us.
"The Deluge, Vol. II. (of 2)" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
If the flies are very numerous, catch them in wire traps, or burn pyrethrum powder in the room.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne

In poetry:

Now loud approaching drums!
Victoria! see'st thou in powder-smoke the banners torn but flying?
the rout of the baffled?
Hearest those shouts of a conquering army?
"Proud Music Of The Storm" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Stores more cement on site or stores 400 BBL of additional powder such as fly ash or slag.