like flies to manure

like flies to manure

Gathering around in large numbers with intense, irresistible interest. We brought out the water slide for the party and the kids came running like flies to manure. Whenever I park my Ferrari, there's inevitably a crowd that forms around to gawk at it, like flies to manure.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

like flies to manure

Rur. eagerly gathering in large numbers. (Has unpleasant connotations because of the reference to manure.) Look at all them folks going to the freak show like flies to manure. The reporters hovered around the movie star like flies to manure.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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