blue-arsed fly

blue-arsed fly

n
1. (Animals) informal a blowfly; bluebottle
2. like a blue-arsed fly informal in a state of frenzied activity
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"The kitman was running around like a blue-arsed fly, saying 'We need 27 more - get it on!' It was better than reading the match programme, that's for sure."
Then, at a time when I'd quite like to wind down from a day of outrunning the nearest blue-arsed fly by listening to the news or the unfathomable yet comforting tones of The Shipping Forecast on Radio 4, there are demands for repeated plays of that classic of modern times,Gangnam Style.
Now I can take it all in a bit more, enjoy it without rushing round like a blue-arsed fly. I don't think it's impossible for me to win another title, but Sheikh Hamdan comes first and whatever he says, I'll be there.
Le Tissier then spent the next minute going like a blue-arsed fly until he was able to put the ball out in 70 seconds.
"If I am running round like a blue-arsed fly, panicking and starting to go grey, that isn't going to look good for the lads.
The colour of the helicopter was blue - entirely appropriate in view of the fact that for the last few weeks both Spencer and Sanders have been imitating the action of the blue-arsed fly.
Haven't seen Dave, the man known as the long-suffering husband, for ages - he is running about like a blue-arsed fly. I see him briefly at teatime today and when I ask how he's doing he starts sniggering.
It takes no account of the big prizes, while a rider who is prepared to take himself to the brink of exhaustion by buzzing round like a blue-arsed fly has a head start.