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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
First recorded in 1560-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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


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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