a flea in (one's) ear

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a flea in (one's) ear

A sharp, strident, or disconcerting reproof or rebuff. She gave me a flea in my ear over my spending habits. I'll be sure to put a flea in his ear the next time I see him!
See also: ear, flea
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flea in one's ear, a

An annoying hint or a stinging rebuke, as in He has a flea in his ear about their relationship, or If he doesn't bring the right equipment, I'll put a flea in his ear. This expression originated in French and has been used in English since the 1400s.
See also: flea
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a flea in your ear

a sharp reproof.
Formerly a flea in your ear also meant something that agitates or alarms you, as does the French phrase avoir la puce à l'oreille . Nowadays, it is often found in the phrases give someone a flea in the ear or send someone away with a flea in their ear .
See also: ear, flea
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a flea in (one's) ear

An annoying hint or a stinging rebuke.
See also: ear, flea
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

flea in his ear

A sharp, unwelcome rebuke. To have a flea literally inserted in your ear would be an unwanted nuisance, just as being scolded, even if deserved, would be. The British use the phrase to mean “put a bug in the ear”: to plant a suspicion. The French “put a flea in the ear” to arouse amatory feelings, hardly an aphrodisiacal image (any more than a Spanish fly would be).
See also: ear, flea
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Feydeau's "A Flea In Her Ear" is known for being an archetype of the well-made play.
Georges Feydeau's 1907 play, 'A Flea In Her Ear,' will have another revival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines through an adaptation which transports the setting from Paris to Manila.
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Dudley Little Theatre launches A Flea in Her Ear, the Georges Feydeau farce, next Wednesday, as the final play in its diamond jubilee season.
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"For the new generation, if young people come they have never seen Marcel Marceau, and it is better to see him on the stage." Irwin, in addition to a myriad of freelance gigs is directing a production of the Feydeau farce A Flea in Her Ear, scheduled to open this month at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City.