like a blue-arsed fly

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Refers to the frenetic flight of a bluebottle.

Adjective[edit]

like a blue-arsed fly

  1. (simile) To be frantic, harried or restless
    • 2008, Patrick Burke, An Illiterate Genius, p. 277
      He was running around like a blue-arsed fly.