flea in one's ear, to have a

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flea in one's ear, to have a

To be upset or annoyed by a rebuke or a rejection. This term dates back at least to the fifteenth century in English, and may be older yet in French. It appeared in John Heywood’s 1546 proverb collection and has continued to be used ever since.
See also: flea, have
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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