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flutter down

To fall or move slowly or gently downward through the air. The papers slipped out of my hand and fluttered down to the ground.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
"Good morning, my dear Mistress," called Billina, fluttering down to meet them.
A gray ball, the color of the twilight, might escape observation, where a white missive fluttering down from an upper window would surely be seen by someone.
Although the heat was so intense that the paint on the houses over against the prison, parched and crackled up, and swelling into boils, as it were from excess of torture, broke and crumbled away; although the glass fell from the window-sashes, and the lead and iron on the roofs blistered the incautious hand that touched them, and the sparrows in the eaves took wing, and rendered giddy by the smoke, fell fluttering down upon the blazing pile; still the fire was tended unceasingly by busy hands, and round it, men were going always.
The bird came fluttering down, transfixed with the arrow.
31-43) From stately trees the fair leaves fell in abundance fluttering down to the ground, and the fruit fell to the ground because Boreas blew very fiercely at the behest of Zeus; the deep seethed and all things trembled at his blast: the strength of mankind consumed away and the fruit failed in the season consumed away and the fruit failed in the season of spring, at that time when the Hairless One (46) in a secret place in the mountains gets three young every three years.
He waited with closed eyes, and then, softly as rose petals fluttering down, he felt her lips on his mouth.
The show ended with Shake It Out, with glitter fluttering down over the fans.
Think: watching mallards fluttering down through the treetops of Arkansas' flooded timber to get a sense of what I mean.
Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of 4 points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice.
A sneaker, a smoldering tire, Cantor Fitzgerald stationery, charred around the edges, fluttering down over Brooklyn Heights like tickertape in the golden air ...
that small bed your eyes fluttering down slowly as if I've awakened
The UK's largest tree was lit up at 6pm, with festive music and fireworks, and artificial snow fluttering down on the crowds.
We had arrived in Nagasaki just too late for cherry blossom season, that time of year when the petals come fluttering down to remind the Japanese of the fragile, temporary beauty of life.
The puck deflected high over Sateri's glove before fluttering down in the goal.