butterfly net


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butterfly net

A term referring to a hypothetical device that mental health personnel are popularly believed to use to detain the mentally disturbed.
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Accordingly, having made everything snug in camp, the party, Tom and Ned equipped with electric rifles, and the professor with a butterfly net and specimen boxes, set forth.
He could see him yet, his queer little monkeyish face eloquent with fear, his back burdened with specimen cases, in his hands Bassett's butterfly net and naturalist's shot-gun, as he quavered, in Beche-de-mer English: "Me fella too much fright along bush.
Maybe they are in search of their souls - always a lofty ambition, requiring more than the reach of a butterfly net.
This cane doubles as a butterfly net for the budding entomologist
If they were talking you off a ledge or chasing you with a butterfly net, then you might want to do a little more than stop at the Hallmark store.
Added to the sight of the Transporter Bridge and the Giant Butterfly Net along the docks, this has to be one of the most interesting sights of Middlesbrough.
By taking himself out of the running, we now want to chase him with a butterfly net.
There have also been huge changes to butterflying in the 50 years since Mr Oates was given his first butterfly net for his birthday on August 7, 1964, with the old habits of catching, killing and collecting butterflies replaced by photographing them.
BBC2 sending Bill Bailey halfway around the world to prat around with a butterfly net in Borneo, for Jungle Hero.
A user just has to download the app, launch it and try to catch the virtual butterflies by swinging his or her device like a butterfly net.
I have dreams that I am young again, a girl running through water, chasing fish with a butterfly net.