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FLYBLOWN

 Dictionary entry overview: What does flyblown mean? 

FLYBLOWN (adjective)
  The adjective FLYBLOWN has 3 senses:

1. spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies
2. foul and run-down and repulsive
3. especially of reputation

  Familiarity information: FLYBLOWN used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLYBLOWN (adjective)


Sense 1flyblown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Spoiled and covered with eggs and larvae of flies

Synonyms:

flyblown; maggoty

Context examples:

flyblown meat / a sack of maggoty apricots

Similar:

stale (showing deterioration from age)


Sense 2flyblown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Foul and run-down and repulsive

Synonyms:

flyblown; squalid; sordid

Context examples:

a flyblown bar on the edge of town / a squalid overcrowded apartment in the poorest part of town / squalid living conditions / sordid shantytowns

Similar:

dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)


Sense 3flyblown [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Especially of reputation

Synonyms:

besmirched; tarnished; sullied; tainted; spotted; stained; flyblown; damaged

Context examples:

the senator's seriously damaged reputation / a flyblown reputation / a tarnished reputation / inherited a spotted name

Similar:

blemished (marred by imperfections)


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