flea·​bag | \ ˈflē-ˌbag How to pronounce fleabag (audio) \

Definition of fleabag

: an inferior hotel or rooming house

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Recent Examples on the Web The women have criticized the league for putting them up in fleabag motels — literally. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Backpass: Is there a path to pro women’s soccer in Colorado?," 12 July 2019 That meant—and here something of a mythical fog descends—living in Washington Square Park and fleabag hotels, and rotating through the sofas and beds of various friends and lovers. Stephen Metcalf, The Atlantic, "Jean-Michel Basquiat Is Still an Enigma," 24 June 2018 The movie is a glimpse into the daily lives of two little girls and a boy — Moonee, Jancey, and Scooty — living in two adjacent fleabag motels in Orlando that amount to bottom feeders in the tourism ecosystem. Kyle Smith, National Review, "White-Trash Cinema," 5 Oct. 2017 Downtown is rife with greasy diners, fleabag hotels and steamy dive bars. Karen Schoemer, New York Times, "In California, Finding ‘Fat City’ With the Man Who Wrote It," 30 May 2017 Why did Schwartz, the most promising poet of his generation, end up dying at the age of 52 in a fleabag hotel in Midtown Manhattan? James Atlas, New York Times, "Headed for the Graveyard of Books," 10 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of fleabag

1839, in the meaning defined above

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“Fleabag.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fleabag. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fleabag

US, informal : a cheap and dirty hotel

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