One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tiny stain made by the excrement of an insect.
- ‘Both sooty blotch and flyspeck can be rubbed off the surface of the fruit.’
- ‘It's clear from flyspecks and other physical evidence that the mummies were kept above ground for months or years before burial.’
- ‘There you have it - the two sources of flyspecks - saliva and fecal matter.’
- ‘The image is clean and sharp for the most part, with only random flaws from the source print - some graininess, a few flyspecks - cropping up here and there.’
- 1.1 A thing which is contemptibly small or insignificant.‘a sleepy flyspeck of a town’
- ‘What happened to the family of a gold-toothed Japanese soldier who died so horribly on a flyspeck of a Pacific island?’
- ‘The color palette, especially in the brighter scenes, is so badly faded as to appear almost bleached, and the constant assault of flyspeck flybys gets tiresome quickly.’
- ‘Strictly on the facts of the case, they are correct: The American archipelago is just a series of flyspecks compared to its Soviet predecessor.’
- ‘Report after report, from Indonesia or Sri Lanka or some flyspeck island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, has brought some new horror.’
- ‘The 11 other ‘dollarized’ countries are flyspecks like Monaco, Liechtenstein, and Andorra.’
- ‘What happens on the remoter flyspecks in the American archipelago remains largely a closed book.’
- ‘Why are they concerned with a little, flyspeck football team?’
- ‘You're lucky I want this contract or I'd scatter you all over this flyspeck of a planet!’
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