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flea-bitten

[flee-bit-n] /ˈfliˌbɪt n/
adjective
1.
bitten by a flea or fleas.
2.
infested with fleas.
3.
shabby; dilapidated; wretched.
4.
(of a horse) having a light-colored coat with small, dark spots or streaks.
Origin of flea-bitten
1560-1570
First recorded in 1560-70
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  • He led the flea-bitten mare to the cherry tree and tied her there.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • All that Mallory could do was to admit that he was a flea-bitten what-he-said, and back away.

    Excuse Me! Rupert Hughes
  • You are worse than a dog, you old flinty-faced, flea-bitten scrub.

  • Even the village dogs were there, a legion of snarling, flea-bitten curs.

  • The flea-bitten gray was all horse, but he had a white-rimmed eye.

    Partners of Chance

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

  • He was a mouse-coloured, slate-coloured, flea-bitten roan- dun, if you can conceive it.

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

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • He was a mouse-coloured, slate-coloured, flea-bitten roan-dun, if you can conceive it.

  • This was his remark: "There was never a flea-bitten mare that was a poor horse."

    The Fat of the Land John Williams Streeter
British Dictionary definitions for flea-bitten

flea-bitten

adjective
1.
bitten by or infested with fleas
2.
(informal) shabby or decrepit; mean
3.
(of the coat of a horse) having reddish-brown spots on a lighter background
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