flea-bitten

[flee-bit-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

First recorded in 1560–70
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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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