catch flies

catch flies

To have one's mouth agape, as while asleep or when staring bemusedly or in amazement. I suppose I look rather ungraceful when I fall asleep on airplanes, with my head thrown back in the seat and catching flies. The students all sat staring in utter incomprehension, catching flies as the professor explained quantum mechanics.
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They work two or three hours at a time, but not hard, and then they knock off and catch flies.
Ponting's reflexes remain quick and he can still catch flies in the field but evidently he has slowed a fraction.
Most householders can also remember having brownstickytrailers hanging from the ceiling to catch flies in kitchens and living rooms.
Nope, she's not trying to catch flies - instead, Uma's enormous, wide-open smile is a sign she's ready to party.
The sewage will act as a bait to catch flies which the EcoBot II will digest in eight microbial fuel cells.
I'd be afraid I would snore or, even worse, lie with my mouth open as though to catch flies.
When Delilah lies inside the doghouse, Samson lounges outside the entrance, keeping guard while he tries to catch flies in his mouth.
They will dart out of the bushes to catch flies in mid-air.
He then added, "It proves true the old expression that it's easier to catch flies with honey.
MAN who catch flies with chopsticks can accomplish anything.
They feed on insects and catch flies by suddenly darting into the air.
Just because you don't catch flies over the next couple of months - it will have very little meaning," said Carey, a professor of entomology at the University of California, Davis.