flutter down

flutter down

[for flying or falling things] to flap or float downward. The butterflies fluttered down onto the flowers. The leaves fluttered down from the trees when the breeze blew.
See also: down, flutter
References in classic literature ?
The soldier, dauntless, draws his sword, And there are tears and endless pain; The winds arise, leaves flutter down, And through the old thatch drips the rain.
There had been no snow up to this time, but as Diana crossed the old log bridge on her homeward way the white flakes were beginning to flutter down over the fields and woods, russet and gray in their dreamless sleep.
What then occurs is every nature lovers dream first to flutter down is a family of mynahs, who begin feeding inches from my hand.
Dropping the tip and slowing the retrieve will allow it to flutter down into the occasional pothole.
Then I lift the rod tip, stop my arm, and let the lure flutter down.
Quite often the spinnerbait will not be taken on the first pass, and for the second cast, repeat the process, with the difference that as the lure bumps the structure "kill" it, stopping the retrieve dead, and allow the bait to flutter down about 20cm alongside the structure.
He flapped his arms, watched the bird flutter down onto the path, then vanish.
At least not until they have perfected an Octocopter guaranteed to flutter down in the five minutes you have chosen to nip to the loo.
The ground beneath them becomes increasingly redder as more and more red petals flutter down to carpet the earth.
SPRING Ah, here comes the Spring, The early birds sing, Seedlings peep up all around, For a glimpse of the sun, While the sparrows have fun, Pulling insects and worms from the ground, Now Summer's come round, The trees are re-crowned, White blossoms sway in the breeze, The warm sun and rain, Give blooms life again, Much welcomed by butterflies and bees, Now Autumn is here, The cool nights draw near, Russet leaves flutter down from the trees, The squirrels all know, As they dart to and fro, They'll need store for the oncoming freeze, So time marches on, And Winter's begun, Skeletal trees clad with snow, Jack Frost nips one's nose, Bites one's fingers and toes, As the cruel and bitter gales blow, Ah, here comes the Spring.
In the days before Christmas, when the first light flakes of snow began to flutter down, the Mailbaggers kept meteorologically mum.
A ceiling fixture detail crafted out of pieces of ceramic hang from a ceiling grid; intermittent pin lights highlight the sculpture pieces and flutter down the length of the dining room.
When somebody plays, they try to fly away, but the air vibrations makes them flutter down to the bottom and I have to pull them out.
There's a painterly quality frequently recalling the 17th-century Dutch masters, notably in the final scene, with Kline's Cyrano revealing his unrequited love while Roxane (Jennifer Garner) sits at her embroidery, both of them backlit by rows of candles as autumn leaves flutter down.