Definition of butterfly net in US English:

butterfly net

noun

  • 1A fine-meshed bag supported on a frame at the end of a handle for catching butterflies.

    • ‘Perhaps the director of media should invest in a butterfly net for next season.’
    • ‘Things just move too fast these days, and we are always on the move to capture our future in the butterfly net of ambition.’
    • ‘At times, catching bubbles with a butterfly net might seem to provide a more worthwhile preoccupation.’
    • ‘I have a butterfly net and I try to catch them, but they keep falling through.’
    • ‘Using butterfly nets and light traps, Dr Birkett who is president of Kendal Natural History Society explained he had found and bred the majority of his collection, which includes moths, butterflies, beetles and flies.’
    • ‘We could use those or simply use hand nets, like a butterfly net, to catch our bats.’
    • ‘The girls spotted Yeryomkin, butterfly net in hand, at the bottom of a hill 100 meters off.’
    • ‘We don't know if we need an elephant gun or a butterfly net to deal with them.’
    • ‘The butterfly net is made of 1/2" plain aluminum tubing on a 15" diameter hoop.’
    • ‘With his receding hair, apologetic moustache and loping frame, he looks like every music-hall second-rater you ever saw: at one point entering with pith - helmet and butterfly net and at another in a print frock and hobnail boots.’
    1. 1.1humorous A butterfly net supposedly dropped over a person in order to take the person away to a mental hospital.
      ‘the men with the butterfly nets will be sitting on the foot of my bed’
      • ‘Then two guys with white coats and a butterfly net come and chase him around.’
      • ‘Somebody call the men with the oversized butterfly nets please.’
      • ‘This was a marked difference to some of Golota's previous contests when he has had to be ushered into the ring at gunpoint and pursued on his way out of it with a butterfly net.’
      • ‘Vogts, on Friday, spoke with such matter-of-fact enthusiasm about all these players and options it was tempting to look around for men in white coats with butterfly nets.’

Pronunciation

butterfly net

/ˈbədərˌflī net/