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[flee-bit-n] /ˈfliˌbɪt n/
bitten by a flea or fleas.
infested with fleas.
shabby; dilapidated; wretched.
(of a horse) having a light-colored coat with small, dark spots or streaks.
Origin of flea-bitten
1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I found a pair of flea-bitten gray Flemish mares, weighing about twenty-eight hundred pounds.

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
  • He led the flea-bitten mare to the cherry tree and tied her there.

    Second Book of Tales Eugene Field
  • The flea-bitten roan was as good at the end of a day as he was at the beginning, and trotted on gallantly.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • All that Mallory could do was to admit that he was a flea-bitten what-he-said, and back away.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • "I guess that's the best rabbit dog anywhere around here," he said, as a flea-bitten cur trotted past.

  • But waste not your pity upon Belshazzar, the flea-bitten sorrel.

  • The weather had become foul again, and I was sick of the smells and the squalor and the flea-bitten crowds.

    Greenmantle John Buchan
  • They are running that flea-bitten grey up pretty well, are they not.

  • I was flea-bitten, a mite sarcastic, and fundamentally hungry.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • We had visions of spending the next few days in a flea-bitten Mexican jail.

    Test Pilot David Goodger (
British Dictionary definitions for flea-bitten


bitten by or infested with fleas
(informal) shabby or decrepit; mean
(of the coat of a horse) having reddish-brown spots on a lighter background
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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