from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

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  • n. The bite of a flea, or the mark caused by such a bite.
  • n. Something which causes only trifling irritation; a minor inconvenience.


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From flea +‎ bite.


  • I am not interested in your provincial attempts to diminish and enclose the question to a fleabite.

    Whose Hand Have You Refused to Shake?

  • About how terrific everything smelled this minute, and how great that scratch behind the ear felt on a fleabite.

    Night World No. 1

  • And I tried to make her feel a fleabite on her ankle.

    Lord of Chaos

  • And then, still in a reasonable voice, "I've never found it necessary, Dr. Quental, to seek medical aid for a fleabite."

    River Of Desire

  • 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.

    The Clan of the Cave Bear

  • 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.

    Letters to Helen Impressions of an Artist on the Western Front

  • 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.

    The Path to Rome

  • It thus appears that even the proverbially trivial fleabite may at times prove a serious injury.

    Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine


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