Rumored CIA slang for a polygraph test. It's used as a verb, not a noun, i.e. "we fluttered him and he failed."

Flut"ter (?), v. t.

1.

To vibrate or move quickly; as, a bird flutters its wings.

2.

To drive in disorder; to throw into confusion.

Like an eagle in a dovecote, I Fluttered your Volscians in Corioli. Shak.

 

© Webster 1913.


Flut"ter, n.

1.

The act of fluttering; quick and irregular motion; vibration; as, the flutter of a fan.

The chirp and flutter of some single bird Milnes. .

2.

Hurry; tumult; agitation of the mind; confusion; disorder.

Pope.

Flutter wheel, a water wheel placed below a fall or in a chute where rapidly moving water strikes the tips of the floats; -- so called from the spattering, and the fluttering noise it makes.

 

© Webster 1913.

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