One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Dirty or contaminated, especially through contact with flies and their eggs and larvae.‘the room was filthy and flyblown’
rotten, off, decayed, decomposed, decomposing, putrid, putrefied, putrescent, mouldy, moulderingView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Or would they have simply let them become flyblown and rot?’
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