One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to emphasize how inoffensive and harmless a person or animal is.
- ‘Yet, when people meet the man, they find that he is funny, genial, witty and charming and seemingly wouldn't hurt a fly, let alone drive a rival out of business.’
- ‘He wouldn't harm a fly, but his depression seems to have twisted his mind.’
- ‘I never really knew what kind of dog he was exactly, I just knew that he was a good dog and wouldn't hurt a fly.’
- ‘A close friend, who did not want to be named, today described Lorrie as a ‘lovely, shy man who had a heart of gold and wouldn't hurt a fly’.’
- ‘He was always kind to everyone and he literally wouldn't harm a fly.’
- ‘While I'm a passive guy and wouldn't harm a fly, I did have the sudden urge to blow something up real good.’
- ‘She had loads of friends and wouldn't hurt a fly.’
- ‘He's a full bred Staffordshire Bullpit Rottweiler, and though he occasionally chews the bottom of the backdoor off, he's a harmless and lovable creature that wouldn't hurt a fly.’
- ‘In the witness box he looked like a frail, old man, the type who wouldn't hurt a fly, with always a pleasant word for the neighbours.’
- ‘Phyllis was really nice - she wouldn't hurt a fly.’
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