Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal A seedy, rundown hotel or other lodging place.
  • n. Informal An animal considered to be inferior or in poor condition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bed or sleeping bag.
  • n. A place of shabby lodging, particularly a filthy hotel or run-down apartment.
  • n. An unkempt mammal.
  • n. A mammal whom the speaker dislikes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a run-down hotel

Etymologies

flea +‎ bag. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • -- No Country for Old Men and In the Valley of Elah shared several cast members and also the fact that at least half of both movies were set in fleabag motels.

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  • Other realities of the job, he said, were "being broke, spending massive amounts of time staying in fleabag hotels, and there are aspects of the writing that are just data entry."

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  • (Read The Observer's extensive coverage here.) "Save The Hotel" activist Gregory Jones once took issue with my use of the term "fleabag" to describe the dowdy would-be landmark on Seventh Avenue.

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  • It was the worst kind of fleabag, consisting of twelve units in six free-standing buildings of cinder block from which most of the paint had long ago flaked away.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • In 1969, he said, he had dinner with Lillian Hellman at the Carlyle, and she chastised him for staying at a "fleabag" hotel in New York and told him to check in.

    Warren Beatty Shampoos the Sleazy 90's

  • More recently, in Canada at least, it is associated with cheap and dirty accommodation (such as fleabag motels and run-down rooming), as well as with prostitution and other disreputable or illegal activities.

    The Big Apple

  • What hotel would rent me a room, even some of the fleabag ones I knew were out there?

    Family Storms

  • But worst of all, she is forced to move back into the fleabag co-op boardinghouse where she lived when she was a student at the University of Texas.

    How Perfect Is That by Sarah Bird: Book summary

  • Recall how the idea of staying in cheaper hotels than on the waterfront has been discussed, and people keep mentioning you could stay in a fleabag near BMI, and take a light rail train in to the facility to play games?

    HMGS Free Games in Education Day, Baltimore MD (Logistics) « Third Point of Singularity

  • The family owns a fleabag motel in a tiny, out of the way town, and the bank is about to foreclose.

    Several movies : Bev Vincent

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