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flyblown

[ flahy-blohn ]
/ ˈflaɪˌbloʊn /
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adjective

covered with flyblows: flyblown meat.
tainted or contaminated; spoiled.

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Origin of flyblown

First recorded in 1565–75; fly1 + blown1
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How to use flyblown in a sentence

  • There was a good deal of muslin about, tied back with flyblown bows.

    The Story of Louie|Oliver Onions
  • Do not eat food that is spoiled, smells or tastes badly or is flyblown or maggoty or full of bugs.

  • "Even caviare, it seems, may become a little flyblown," exclaims Mr. Dowden.

    Egoists|James Huneker
  • Valle Crusis has a blacksmith shop and a dirty, flyblown store.

    On Horseback|Charles Dudley Warner

British Dictionary definitions for flyblown

flyblown
/ (ˈflaɪˌbləʊn) /

adjective

covered with flyblows
contaminated; tainted
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