flea in the ear

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flea in the ear

1. Something annoying. That constant beeping has become a flea in the ear. Is there any way to stop it?
2. A harsh reprimand. I had to talk to Mr. Myers about the botched report today, and boy, did he give me a flea in the ear.
See also: ear, flea
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"His accuracy with a football is better than with a rifle," joked warrant officer Bob Jeffrey, happy to give one last flea in the ear to the new pounds 3million Soldier Blue.