Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Contaminated with the eggs or larvae of blowflies.
  • adjective Tainted; corrupt.
  • adjective Dirty or rundown; squalid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tainted with flyblows; hence, spoiled; impure.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tainted or contaminated with flyblows; damaged; foul.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective contaminated with flyblows
  • adjective tainted
  • adjective sordid, squalid

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

  • adjective foul and run-down and repulsive
  • adjective spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
  • adjective especially of reputation

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Examples

  • To a man, they are all grimly grimy, stringy filthy hair on their heads and drooping from the bloody, flyblown scalps tied to their saddles, matted beards, funny hats and all.

    Michael Jones: Cowboys and Aliens

  • Boland finishes undressing, scoops everything up and tosses it at a flyblown garbage can.

    The Last of Boland

  • To a man, they are all grimly grimy, stringy filthy hair on their heads and drooping from the bloody, flyblown scalps tied to their saddles, matted beards, funny hats and all.

    Michael Jones: Cowboys and Aliens

  • Nobody likes them and they don't care not if some of the flyblown specimens that come sauntering up to you in Trafalgar Square are anything to go by.

    Bruisers of the bird world keep Mike Tyson's fighting spirit cooped up | Martin Kelner

  • So declares the enigmatic Driver in this masterfully convoluted neo-noir, which ranges from the dive bars and flyblown motels of Los Angeles to seedy strip malls dotting the Arizona desert.

    Drive, Once a Neil Marshall and Hugh Jackman Movie, Becomes a Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling Movie | /Film

  • To a man, they are all grimly grimy, stringy filthy hair on their heads and drooping from the bloody, flyblown scalps tied to their saddles, matted beards, funny hats and all.

    Michael Jones: Cowboys and Aliens

  • Matt sez, This story has it all: a tiny, flyblown town rising up against their own draconian police force, a gang of cops shooting a fireman in front of a judge, it's utterly unbelievable.

    Boing Boing

  • The blood around the flyblown wound was congealed but not completely dry.

    Tough Customer

  • For these priceless symbols of a great and proud history to reside within a flyblown tong hall in a peasant fishing village was not deemed appropriate in light of their importance.

    In The Shadow of The Cypress

  • Mohammad Ali, a 20-year-old man who was squatting in the middle of a flyblown camp rolling a lump of hashish in the palm of his hand, said he could still hear the sound of the planes and the bombing in his head.

    goddam hippies

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