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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Blown,
 
in the phrase “fly-blown,” has nothing to do with the verb to blow (as the wind blows). It means that flies have deposited their eggs and tainted the article. In French, deposer des œufs de mouches sur … and a fly-blow is un œuf de mouche. The word seems to be connected with blot, the egg of a moth or other insect.   1
 


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