1Bitten by or infested with fleas.
- ‘Oscar's far too old for rabbiting’ said George sharply, eyeing the flea-bitten beagle snoring in the corner of the room with distaste.
- A flea-bitten dog with an enormous tick in its head greets us.
- A flea-bitten rug dominates the floor (anything flea-bitten always manages to dominate) and the sacking lies folded on her ragged mattress.
1.1 informal Sordid, shabby, or disreputable: this flea-bitten gross-out movie seems to believe that it’s about something
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- We had in fact been walking in totally the wrong direction to get to our cheap but flea-bitten hotel.
- He dreamed of flea-bitten hotels and ballrooms, but he awoke with the smell of cigars in his nostrils, the scent of organized outrage.
- We ended up walking the streets with our suitcases and had to spend the night in a flea-bitten youth hostel, with lots of old men and young lads.
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