flea-bitten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flea-bitten worn and broken down by hard use "a creaky shack","a decrepit bus...its seats held together with friction tape","a flea-bitten sofa","a run-down neighborhood","a woebegone old shack"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • flea-bitten Bitten by a flea; as, a flea-bitten face.
    • flea-bitten same as creaky, 1.
    • flea-bitten White, flecked with minute dots of bay or sorrel; -- said of the color of a horse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flea-bitten Bitten by a flea; infested with fleas.
    • flea-bitten Having small reddish spots or lines upon a lighter ground: applied to the color of horses.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flea-bitten bitten by fleas:
    • adj Flea-bitten (fig.) mean: having small reddish spots on a lighter ground, of horses
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fléah; cf. Ger. floh, Dut. vloo.

Usage

In literature:

He learnt what it is to be flea-bitten, saddle-sore, hungry and, above all, thirsty.
"The Research Magnificent" by H. G. Wells
It was a knightly love, and contained no disloyalty to the flat with the flea-bitten terrier and the lady of his choice.
"The Voice of the City" by O. Henry
I was flea-bitten, a mite sarcastic, and fundamentally hungry.
"Roads of Destiny" by O. Henry
But waste not your pity upon Belshazzar, the flea-bitten sorrel.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
I'll tell them he's the author of the longest and dullest history of their flea-bitten empire that was ever written.
"The Red Cross Girl" by Richard Harding Davis
A pick and fishing rod lay across the door sill and a lean, flea-bitten dog dozed at her feet.
"The Black Pearl" by Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
He led the flea-bitten mare to the cherry tree and tied her there.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
He was stiff and flea-bitten, but otherwise felt all right.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
As they left the bank a cowboy rode up on a flea-bitten roan that was lathered with sweat, sadly roweled and leg-weary.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
They moved like a couple of old flea-bitten mongrels spoken to sharply.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
The girl very badly bitten; lice and fleas, hair nits.
"New Worlds For Old" by Herbert George Wells
Even the village dogs were there, a legion of snarling, flea-bitten curs.
"Harper's Round Table, July 9, 1895" by Various
What flea hath bitten thee now, Walter?
"The Great Mogul" by Louis Tracy
Here he spent a flea-bitten night at the Kulm Hotel, but was rewarded by a fine sunset and a yet finer sunrise.
"Charles Lyell and Modern Geology" by Thomas George Bonney
We had visions of spending the next few days in a flea-bitten Mexican jail.
"Test Pilot" by Jimmy Collins
The little face itself was thinner and older than ever: horribly flea-bitten still, but bloodlessly pale.
"A Child of the Jago" by Arthur Morrison
Itching all over my body, and as if I was bitten with fleas or bugs were crawling over me.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
A friend of mine looking over a dealer's yard stopped before a flea-bitten mare.
"Ladies in the Field"
He was "washy" enough as a two-year-old, but this spring he was almost white with a few "flea-bitten" spots on him.
"The Runaways" by Nat Gould
Tying his dejected, flea-bitten grey horse in a stall, he unbuckled his rusty spurs and hung them over the horn of his saddle.
"The Long Dim Trail" by Forrestine C. Hooker
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In news:

He is a 14 yr old flea-bitten grey gelding.
Cheeto the kitten weighed just over 1 pound when he was found flea- bitten and abandoned in the Virginia woods.
Gather 'round, ye flea-bitten cockroaches, fer a pirate's tale o' treasure an' science.
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