flea in one's ear
phrasal rebuke <
sent him away with a flea in his ear
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • flea in one's ear — idi flea in one s ear a) a rebuke b) a broad hint …   From formal English to slang

  • flea in one's ear —    After an attempt at something, if you are sent away with a flea in your ear, you are angrily reprimanded or humiliated.     When Andy tried to put the blame on Pete, he was sent away with a flea in his ear …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • flea in one's ear — phrasal : an unwelcome and usually unexpected hint or warning : an irritating rebuke I ll put a flea in his ear if he comes nosing around here sent the boy about his business with a flea in his ear …   Useful english dictionary

  • flea in one's ear — {n. phr.}, {informal} An idea or answer that is not welcome; an annoying or surprisingly sharp reply or hint. * /I ll put a flea in his ear if he bothers me once more./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flea in one's ear — {n. phr.}, {informal} An idea or answer that is not welcome; an annoying or surprisingly sharp reply or hint. * /I ll put a flea in his ear if he bothers me once more./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • flea in one's ear — noun A stinging rebuke or rebuff If he bothers me again, Ill send him home with a flea in his ear …   Wiktionary

  • flea\ in\ one's\ ear — n. phr. informal An idea or answer that is not welcome; an annoying or surprisingly sharp reply or hint. I ll put a flea in his ear if he bothers me once more …   Словарь американских идиом

  • flea in one's ear — an annoying hint, an idea or answer that is not welcome I put a flea in his ear regarding the proposal deadline that he had missed …   Idioms and examples

  • flea in one's ear —  Sharp reprimand, flea pit Low class lodging, cinema, etc …   A concise dictionary of English slang

  • Flea in one's ear — 1. discomforting rebuke or rebuff; sharp hint; 2. blow to the ear; cuff …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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