not hurt a fly or flea
not hurt a fly
also not hurt a flea
- To not be able to cause harm to anyone, including even a tiny and insignificant insect.
- This phrase refers to not being able to hurt even something that can hurt that person.
- To not physically injure or verbally offend anyone.
- He is such an innocent little child, he could not hurt a fly.
- Her daughter seems like she could not hurt a flea but she is not so in reality.
- Although he is tough professional but when you know him personally, you would know that he would not hurt a fly.
- She confessed that she would not hurt a flea unless she is provoked.
- My kid is as sweet as honey and would not hurt a fly.
- His dog is amongst the biggest ones that I have ever seen. And although he is constantly chewing on the home furniture, they say he would not hurt a flea.
The origin of this phrase is not available.
Synonym and Variant
Not hurt a fly. It is believed that this was a base idiom which evolved into the word ‘Fly’ being replaced by ‘Flea’, there is no confirmation of this fact though. Both are correct to be used in the same context.
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