from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Covered with fleas or fleabites.
- adj. Informal Seedy; dilapidated: a flea-bitten couch.
- adj. Having a pale coat with reddish-brown flecks. Used of horses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Infested with fleas
- adj. decrepit or dilapidated
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Bitten by a flea.
- adj. White, flecked with minute dots of bay or sorrel; -- said of the color of a horse.
- adj. same as creaky, 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Bitten by a flea; infested with fleas.
- Having small reddish spots or lines upon a lighter ground: applied to the color of horses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. worn and broken down by hard use
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We drove out of the Valley and into the desert, and not long after on account of how we were passing everything in sight although I didn’t know what the hurry was, we entered a little town I recognized, the one that Bernie had called flea-bitten.
Don't be gnawing on one of those mangey, flea-bitten, critters.
The flea-bitten roan, on its four legs up-standing, continued bravely to stand until the lady was removed, whereupon, with a long sigh, it sank down on the ground.
One, a flea-bitten roan, groaned continually from the moment Mrs. Morgan's burden was put upon him till she was shifted to the other horse.
Newspapers blew across the deserted Ashoka Road and Parliament Street as a handful of officials, outnumbered by hungry-looking, flea-bitten dogs, tried to look busy with no crowd to control.
I cry, and I am so happy to see my flea-bitten cat.
She even receives an anonymous email from a staff member calling her a "flea-bitten old bitch".
He labels the Palestinians' gambit as an example of "the tail wagging a very flea-bitten dog."
The rotten Acorn and her flea-bitten crew have sailed to the Americas for plunder!
Who wouldn't want to spend the good part of fifteen months at a hot, dusty, flea-bitten outpost, precariously perched on a mountain ledge overlooking a tree lined valley that provides cover for people who shoot at you daily?