Definition of flyblown in English:



  • 1Contaminated through contact with flies and their eggs and larvae.

    ‘flyblown meat’
    • ‘I haven't worked sheep in many years, but I can remember flyblown sheep dead or dying, slowly and painfully.’
    • ‘Or would they have simply let them become flyblown and rot?’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, the rest of the fruit bowl is filled with nothing but mouldy old chestnuts and flyblown rhubarb.’
    • ‘Sure, it had a certain buzz, but so does a beached flyblown whale carcass.’
    • ‘No, I do not have to go to the co-op, scoop it from a flyblown communal vat with a wooden spoon, put it in my reusable crock and carry it to the barter-counter with the handy hemp handle.’
    • ‘There was ‘ongoing risk that residents' open wounds can become flyblown and infested with maggots’.’
    • ‘It could be food if you'd been trained to think it was, if you grew up eating nothing but damp gray meat, but man: this is like humid newspaper that spent a week impacting in the colon of a flyblown cow corpse.’
    • ‘Flemish pictures of the 15th century often show devotional woodcuts fixed to a wall with sealing wax, and already flyblown and curling up.’
    rotten, off, decayed, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrefied, putrescent, mouldy, mouldering
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    1. 1.1 Infested with flies; dirty and unpleasant.
      ‘the flyblown pool halls of his youth’
      • ‘You meet them on the battered buses, in the dusty parks, in the flyblown eating-houses, clutching copies of their ‘biodata’ in plastic folders.’
      • ‘Well, that only goes so far; you don't shop at his flyblown Meat Shoppe because he only started selling you blue meat last year.’
      • ‘We sped through a flyblown Landi Kotal, once the last word in druggy entrepots, and on to Michni checkpost.’
      • ‘What sane person sends the father of their infant children to a flyblown African country to look good?’
      • ‘Freelance musicians at the lowest end of the corrido hierarchy, they wait on street corners or stroll through the flyblown cantinas, where for a pound a shot, they can offer you three minutes of glory.’
      • ‘Several nights before I took my Ph.D. from Los Alamos University, I bumped into the Dean of Sciences bending patched elbows at a flyblown bar.’
      • ‘The defence of a ruined fort in the flyblown town of San Antone, against a superior force of trained Mexican troops, seemed reckless in the extreme.’
      • ‘She claimed that it was her favorite place in Guadalajara, though as far as I could judge, it wasn't anybody's favorite place anywhere: it was a flyblown dump in need of a powerwash and a new theme.’
      • ‘We could help reconstruct pre-earthquake poverty and give Aceh back its one, flyblown hospital to treat a region's sick.’
      • ‘It warns us in advance when starving, flyblown African children are about to be pictured in their death throes as we tuck into tea-time plates groaning with fresh food.’
      • ‘The first is a Malawian who wants to escape to Britain because she's tired of striving for next-to-nothing in flyblown hospitals and looks forward to making 10 or 20 times her salary in a job with the NHS.’
      decaying, decayed, rotting, bad, off, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrescent, spoiled, spoilt, tainted, perished, mouldy, mouldering, mildewy, sour, rancid, rank, festering, fetid, stinking, smelly, unfit for human consumption
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