One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Bitten by or infested with fleas.
- ‘‘Oscar's far too old for rabbiting’ said George sharply, eyeing the flea-bitten beagle snoring in the corner of the room with distaste.’
- ‘I began to see films in Paris movie houses, many of them quite literally flea-bitten.’
- ‘An army of dirty children ran passed me, trying to chase a flea-bitten dog.’
- ‘A flea-bitten dog with an enormous tick in its head greets us.’
- ‘A flea-bitten rug dominates the floor (anything flea-bitten always manages to dominate) and the sacking lies folded on her ragged mattress.’
- 1.1 Sordid, shabby, or disreputable.‘this flea-bitten gross-out movie seems to believe that it's about something’
dirty, filthy, mucky, grimy, muddy, grubby, shabby, messy, soiled, stained, smeared, smeary, scummy, slimy, sticky, sooty, dusty, unclean, foul, squalid, slummyView synonyms
- ‘We ended up walking the streets with our suitcases and had to spend the night in a flea-bitten youth hostel, with lots of old men and young lads.’
- ‘We spent the next half an hour trying each place up the road until we came to the flea-bitten looking bed & breakfast at the end of the road.’
- ‘We had in fact been walking in totally the wrong direction to get to our cheap but flea-bitten hotel.’
- ‘It will be flea-bitten inn rooms all the way then.’
- ‘He dreamed of flea-bitten hotels and ballrooms, but he awoke with the smell of cigars in his nostrils, the scent of organized outrage.’
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