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have a flea in (one's) ear
To have been given a sharp, strident, or disconcerting reproof or rebuff. A: "Hey, I think there's a mistake in the spreadsheet." B: "I know, I know. I already have a flea in my ear from the boss because of it."
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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.
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