flyblown

flyblown
adjective
1. spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
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flyblown meat

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a sack of maggoty apricots

Syn: ↑maggoty
Similar to: ↑stale
Derivationally related forms: ↑maggot (for: ↑maggoty)
2. foul and run-down and repulsive
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a flyblown bar on the edge of town

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a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town

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squalid living conditions

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sordid shantytowns

Syn: ↑squalid, ↑sordid
Similar to: ↑dirty, ↑soiled, ↑unclean
Derivationally related forms: ↑sordidness (for: ↑sordid), ↑squalidness (for: ↑squalid)
3. especially of reputation
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a flyblown reputation

Similar to: ↑blemished

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Flyblown — Fly blown , a. Tainted or contaminated with flyblows; damaged; foul. [1913 Webster] Wherever flyblown reputations were assembled. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • flyblown — [flī′blōn΄] adj. 1. full of flies eggs or larvae; maggoty 2. contaminated; spoiled; tainted 3. Informal shabby, dingy, disreputable, etc …   English World dictionary

  • flyblown — adjective Date: circa 1529 1. a. not pure ; tainted < a world flyblown with the vices of irresponsible power V. L. Parrington > b. not bright and new ; seedy, moth eaten c. trite, hackneyed < a long list of flyblown …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • flyblown — /fluy blohn /, adj. 1. covered with flyblows: flyblown meat. 2. tainted or contaminated; spoiled. [1565 75; FLY2 + BLOWN1] * * * …   Universalium

  • flyblown — fly|blown [ˈflaıbləun US bloun] adj BrE 1.) old, dirty, and in bad condition 2.) meat that is flyblown has flies eggs in it and is not suitable for eating …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • flyblown — fly|blown [ flaı,bloun ] adjective 1. ) dirty and in bad condition 2. ) flyblown meat has flies eggs on it …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • flyblown — adjective 1 especially BrE old, dirty, and in bad condition 2 BrE meat that is flyblown has flies eggs in it and is not suitable for eating …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • flyblown — UK [ˈflaɪˌbləʊn] / US [ˈflaɪˌbloʊn] adjective 1) dirty and in bad condition 2) flyblown meat has flies eggs on it …   English dictionary

  • flyblown — adjective /ˈflaɪˌbləʊn,ˈflaɪˌbloʊn/ a) contaminated with flyblows b) tainted See Also: blowfly, flyblow …   Wiktionary

  • flyblown — fly·blown .blōn adj 1) infested with flyblows 2) covered with flyspecks …   Medical dictionary

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