there's no flies on him/her

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there are no flies on (one)

1. One is very active or works at a fast pace. Alludes to the idea that flies do not or cannot settle on fast-moving animals. There are certainly no flies on Judy. She works so fast that the rest of her team can't keep up with her.
2. One is not at all dull or dimwitted; one is exceptionally sharp or shrewd. In this usage, "there are" is often contracted colloquially into "there's." A: "My son keeps trying to get his little sister to do his chores for him, but she sees through his ploys every time." B: "I tell you, there's no flies on her." There are no flies on our boss. He always seems to be one step ahead of what the market is doing.
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there's no flies on him/her

This person is very sharp and shrewd. The expression refers to the fact that he or she doesn’t stand still long enough for flies to land. A late nineteenth-century Americanism, it appeared in Eugene Field’s poem “Jest ’fore Christmas” (1892): “Most all the time, the whole year round, there ain’t no flies on me.” It also was in the title of a Salvation Army song (1900), “There Are No Flies on Jesus” (“There may be flies on you and me, / But there are no flies on Jesus”). More recently, Robert Barnard used it (Death and the Chaste Apprentice, 1989): “‘Oh, I’ve ideas all right. There’s no flies on me, you know. I’ll get to the bottom of it.’”
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