from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as flue-stop.
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The child struck a few notes, heavy and dolorous, filling the church like a thunder-cloud, then suddenly left off, and opening the flute-stop, burst into altogether different music.
-- "The name has everything to do with it: if it be a flute-stop, I think it very harsh; but if it be a railway-whistle-stop, I think it very sweet."
Tom was only too glad to be asked, and he kept the whole office in a roar for an hour with all the varieties of the instrument -- from the diapason to the flute-stop -- and the devil a more business was done in the office _that_ day, and Tom before long made the sober English fellows as great idlers as the chaps in Dublin.