Definitions

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

  • noun A small dark speck or stain made by the excrement of a fly.
  • noun A minute or insignificant spot.
  • transitive verb To mark or foul with flyspecks.
  • transitive verb Slang To examine closely or in minute detail; scrutinize.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An excrementitious stain made by an insect, chiefly by the common house-fly.

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

  • transitive verb To soil with flyspecks.
  • noun A speck or stain made by the excrement of a fly; hence, any insignificant dot.

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

  • noun Housefly excrement, visible as a minuscule black dot.
  • noun By extension of above, anything tiny or insignificant.

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

  • noun a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly
  • adjective very small

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Examples

  • Name me one Democratic leader who says we can declare peace, pull down the Levalor blinds, and everything will be peachy -- Kerry doesn't talk that way, the voluble Biden doesn't (who said this weekend he didn't want to "flyspeck" the magnitude of Israel's military response), Hillary certainly doesn't.

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  • Back in the glory days of Newt Gingrich, the House enacted a rule that would limit revisions to the Congressional Record to correct mistakes in grammar, typographical errors, and other such "flyspeck" matters.

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  • ZIMMERMAN: Midway Island taken at the same time, in the same summer as the -- as the Spanish were defeated, another kind of flyspeck with a good naval base possibility in the Pacific.

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  • He was arguing that Clinton had only a "flyspeck" of support and that the party should consider nominating someone else at the convention.

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  • He was arguing that Clinton had only a "flyspeck" of support and that the party should consider nominating someone else at the convention.

    2 Political Junkies

  • 11-Mar-2009 - At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the "flyspeck" that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA),

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  • 11-Mar-2009 - At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the "flyspeck" that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA),

    NutraIngredients-USA RSS

  • 11-Mar-2009 - At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the "flyspeck" that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA),

    NutraIngredients-USA RSS

  • 11-Mar-2009 - At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the "flyspeck" that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA),

    NutraIngredients-USA RSS

  • He posted on Twitter: "Am I a Grinch or is it just an unbearably cute flyspeck?"

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