send someone away with a flea in their ear

send someone away with a flea in their ear

BRITISH
If you send someone away with a flea in their ear, you tell them to go away and that you are angry with them. Minnie sent Sligo away with a flea in his ear and a warning not to return. Note: This expression can be used in many different structures. For example, you can say that someone gets or is given a flea in their ear or that someone leaves or comes away with a flea their ear. All that had happened, I suspected, was that Sylvia had got a flea in her ear. Note: A flea is a small jumping insect that lives on the bodies of humans or animals and feeds on their blood.
See also: away, ear, flea, send
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