Definition of flyblown in English:



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

    ‘flyblown meat’
    • ‘Sure, it had a certain buzz, but so does a beached flyblown whale carcass.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, however, the rest of the fruit bowl is filled with nothing but mouldy old chestnuts and flyblown rhubarb.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Flemish pictures of the 15th century often show devotional woodcuts fixed to a wall with sealing wax, and already flyblown and curling up.’
    • ‘I haven't worked sheep in many years, but I can remember flyblown sheep dead or dying, slowly and painfully.’
    • ‘There was ‘ongoing risk that residents' open wounds can become flyblown and infested with maggots’.’
    • ‘Or would they have simply let them become flyblown and rot?’
    rotten, off, decayed, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrefied, putrescent, mouldy, mouldering
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    1. 1.1Infested with flies; dirty and unpleasant.
      ‘the flyblown pool halls of his youth’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 could help reconstruct pre-earthquake poverty and give Aceh back its one, flyblown hospital to treat a region's sick.’
      • ‘We sped through a flyblown Landi Kotal, once the last word in druggy entrepots, and on to Michni checkpost.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘What sane person sends the father of their infant children to a flyblown African country to look good?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You meet them on the battered buses, in the dusty parks, in the flyblown eating-houses, clutching copies of their ‘biodata’ in plastic folders.’