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 — {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

  • put a bug in one's ear — or[put a flea in one s ear] See: BUG IN ONE S EAR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • put a bug in one's ear — or[put a flea in one s ear] See: BUG IN ONE S EAR …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • A flea in the ear — Flea Flea, n. [OE. fle, flee, AS. fle[ a], fle[ a]h; akin to D. vtoo, OHG. fl[=o]h, G. floh, Icel. fl[=o], Russ. blocha; prob. from the root of E. flee. [root]84. See {Flee}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An insect belonging to the genus {Pulex}, of the order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A Flea in Her Ear — ( fr. La Puce à l oreille) is a 1907 play by Georges Feydeau written at the height of the Belle Époque.PlotIt is Paris at the turn of the century, and the lovely Raymonde Chandebise, after years of wedded bliss, begins to doubt the fidelity of… …   Wikipedia

  • Flea — Flea, n. [OE. fle, flee, AS. fle[ a], fle[ a]h; akin to D. vtoo, OHG. fl[=o]h, G. floh, Icel. fl[=o], Russ. blocha; prob. from the root of E. flee. [root]84. See {Flee}.] (Zo[ o]l.) An insect belonging to the genus {Pulex}, of the order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flea — /flee/, n. 1. any of numerous small, wingless bloodsucking insects of the order Siphonaptera, parasitic upon mammals and birds and noted for their ability to leap. 2. either of two common fleas of the genus Ctenocephalides, the very small, black… …   Universalium

  • ear — See: ABOUT ONE S EARS or AROUND ONE S EARS, BELIEVE ONE S EARS, DRY BEHIND THE EARS, FLEA IN ONE S EAR, GIVE AN EAR TO or LEND AN EAR TO, GO IN ONE EAR AND OUT THE OTHER, JUG EARED, LITTLE PITCHERS HAVE BIG EARS, MUSIC TO ONE S EARS, PIN ONE S… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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