Definition of a flea in one's ear in English:

a flea in one's ear

phrase

  • A sharp reproof:

    ‘she expected to be sent away with a flea in her ear’
    • ‘‘He was sent away with a flea in his ear,’ said one Labour backbencher.’
    • ‘It would have been enough to send him back with a flea in his ear.’
    • ‘I was sure the mistress was going to do the same thing as Mrs. Benson and she'd be thrown out with a flea in her ear.’
    • ‘And if anybody asks when we will be having children they will go away with a flea in their ear.’
    • ‘I mustn't have been in when he knocked on mine; he would have gone away with a flea in his ear.’
    • ‘She sent them packing with a flea in their ear of course.’
    • ‘He spends the whole time looking at his watch, so Flynn sends him packing with a flea in his ear.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago at another tournament in England, such assumptions saw one mouthy opponent dispatched with a flea in his ear.’
    • ‘He might give senior management a flea in their ear, but he has never claimed to be a nice guy.’
    • ‘‘But we soon send them away with a flea in their ear,’ explains Patrick.’