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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLUTTER

When K. insisted on carrying her upstairs, she went in a flutter.

The flutter of the departing skirt, as he came into the room, assured him it was one of these.

And he was not even quite sure that there had been a flutter.

Miss Perry sat down in the teacher's chair, her heart all in a flutter.

He was roused from his flutter of satisfaction by hearing Mr. Burrows' voice.

Old Nicholas nodded gravely, and at that moment Hattie came up, all in a flutter.

She sat down, and ordered her hot milk and, with a flutter, awaited it.

In a flutter she jumped up and went to another part of the room.

Out in the back-pasture, a quail could flutter up under his nose unharmed.

When I came out in a flutter of anxiety, there was no one there.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English floterian "to flutter, fly, flicker, float to and fro, be tossed by waves," frequentative of flotian "to float" (see float (v.)). Related: Fluttered; fluttering. As a noun from 1640s; meaning "state of excitement" is 1740s.

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