from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The bite of a flea, or the red spot caused by the bite.
  • n. A trifling wound or pain, like that of the bite of a flea.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The bite of a flea, or the red spot caused by the bite.
  • n. A trifling wound or pain, like that of the bite of a flea; a slight in-convenience or discomfort; a thing of no moment.
  • n. As much as a flea can bite; a relatively very small or insignificant quantity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sting inflicted by a flea
  • n. a very minor inconvenience


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  • I expect he will survive my flea-bite criticisms but if these comment pages are not an opportunity to give some critical feedback, then I don't know what they are for.

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  • But the feathers were, comparatively, a mere flea-bite.

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  • In other news, Kasia has for some time been suffering from a flea-bite allergy, which has left her back and neck covered with itchy scabs.

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  • I protest the great ills of life are nothing — the loss of your fortune is a mere flea-bite; the loss of your wife — how many men have supported it and married comfortably afterwards?

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  • “There are some men who cry out at a flea-bite as loud as if they were torn by a vulture,” I growl.

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  • The “Black Death” is a heated subject for some, and certainly seemed to behave differently from the flea-bite carried bubonic plague of today.

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  • The light charge of the pistol, however placed, would be little more than a flea-bite on a monster already ripped laterally and longitudinally through and through by two great .450 cordite shells.

    The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier

  • At noon they had made good progress; but when the tremendous size of that two hundred mile canyon was taken into consideration, with its myriad of side "washes," and minor canyons, the distance that they had covered was, as Bob aptly declared, but a "flea-bite" compared with the whole.

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  • "I suppose you'll soon knock off a flea-bite like that?"

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  • I AM going through, at this moment, a well-known form of minor hell; one of those trivial anguishes of the mind which have the power, while they last, to overshadow the vaster despairs of love, death or bankruptcy: as, on the bodily plane, a flea-bite can monopolise the attention of a dying man.

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