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      n   pl   , flies  
1    any dipterous insect, esp. the housefly, characterized by active flight  
   See also       horsefly       blowfly       tsetse fly       crane fly  
2    any of various similar but unrelated insects, such as the caddis fly, firefly, dragonfly, and chalcid fly  
3      (Angling)   a lure made from a fish-hook dressed with feathers, tinsel, etc., to resemble any of various flies or nymphs: used in fly-fishing  
   See also       dry fly       wet fly  
4    (in southern Africa) an area that is infested with the tsetse fly  
5    drink with the flies     (Austral)  
slang   to drink alone  
6    fly in amber      See       amber       2  
7    fly in the ointment         
Informal   a slight flaw that detracts from value, completeness, or enjoyment  
8    fly on the wall   a person who watches others, while not being noticed himself  
9    there are no flies on him, her, etc  
Informal   he, she, etc., is no fool  
     (Old English fleoge; related to Old Norse fluga Old High German flioga; see fly1)  
  flyless      adj  
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1    a fatty or oily medicated preparation applied to the skin to heal or protect  
2    a similar substance used as a cosmetic  
     (C14: from Old French oignement, from Latin unguentum unguent)  

zinc ointment  
      n   a medicinal ointment consisting of zinc oxide, petrolatum, and paraffin, used to treat certain skin diseases  

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balm, cerate, cream, embrocation, emollient, liniment, lotion, salve, unguent  

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a fly in the ointment exp.
a problem, a trouble, a hiccup
the fly in the ointment that summer was the terrible weather: l' ennui cet été là fut le mauvais temps.

Additional comments:

Murray A..:

Could use these synonyms as a definition, but to me the expression sug...

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
make something succeed strongly and rapidly
the carrot is more effective than the stick
The actual say is: "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar" This means that it is easier to persuade people if you use polite arguments and flattery than if you are confrontational.
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