American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The bite of a flea.
- n. The small red mark caused by a flea's bite.
- n. A trifling loss, inconvenience, or annoyance.
- From flea + bite. (Wiktionary)
“I am not interested in your provincial attempts to diminish and enclose the question to a fleabite.”
“About how terrific everything smelled this minute, and how great that scratch behind the ear felt on a fleabite.”
“And I tried to make her feel a fleabite on her ankle.”
“And then, still in a reasonable voice, "I've never found it necessary, Dr. Quental, to seek medical aid for a fleabite.”
“His most towering rage, controlled only by supreme expenditures of effort, was met with no more reaction than the bite of a flea; less, for a fleabite is at least scratched.”
“I had paid six hundred pounds for one and four hundred and fifty for the other; they were a fleabite in the total value of my aeroplanes, and both of them were pretty well written down in the accounts.”
“It was a fleabite to them apparently, but it was the hell of a lot of money to me.”
“The water problem is still unsolved, and we get very thirsty; but thirst is a small fleabite, after all.”
“It is eighty miles third-class and more; it is thirty or less first-class; it is a flash in a train _de luxe, _ and a mere fleabite as a bribe to a journalist.”
“It thus appears that even the proverbially trivial fleabite may at times prove a serious injury.”
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