flea-bitten flea-bitten

Definition(s):

  • (adj) worn and broken down by hard use

Usage(s):

  1. The rle of Jeeter Lester, the ragged, flea-bitten patriarch of Tobacco Road, is beginning to take on some of the qualities of Hamlet.
  2. He is pushing 40, a tooth-shy, flea-bitten leopard, all spots and no strength, restlessly, frantically, pacing the cage of his life-in-death.
  3. Minivans are practical vehicles that can haul other things besides runny-nosed kids, flea-bitten dogs and henpecked husbands.

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  • "Bryan understands these peasants, and they understand him. He is a bit mangy and flea-bitten, but no means ready for his harp," Mencken wrote. "He hates the learning that he cannot grasp. He hates those who sneer at him. He hates, in...
    on Feb 12, 2009 By: HL Mencken Source: U.S. News & World Report

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