fly·​speck | \ ˈflī-ˌspek How to pronounce flyspeck (audio) \

Definition of flyspeck

1 : a speck made by fly excrement
2 : something small and insignificant

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flyspeck transitive verb

Examples of flyspeck in a Sentence

She grew up in a flyspeck of a town. surreptitiously removed a flyspeck of dirt from the china
Recent Examples on the Web But with a thousand islands scattered along their country’s jade-green Adriatic coast, from deserted flyspecks to hipster outposts, there’s no shortage of places to lick one’s wounds—or bask in silver-medal glory. Anja Mutić, WSJ, "A Guide to Croatia’s Island Hideouts," 19 July 2018 Compared to this, Comcast is a flyspeck, and Charter hasn’t even gotten started. David Dayen, The New Republic, "T-Mobile’s Corporate Hypocrisy," 30 Apr. 2018 Amid these forces, Fed rate hikes are a relative flyspeck, says Doug Duncan, chief economist of Fannie Mae. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Why your credit card debt is about to get more expensive," 14 June 2017 For a mere flyspeck, Bogoslof Island has been causing quite a commotion recently. Henry Fountain, New York Times, "An Alaskan Volcano Erupts, Largely Out of View," 30 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of flyspeck

1723, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Flyspeck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of flyspeck

: a very small piece of waste matter from a fly
informal : something that is very small

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