Hi, everybody.

What does it mean to say "No flies on you" and when is it appropriate to say it?

Can anyone help? Please?
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In a general sense, it means you are not stupid, that you have a good look-out for your own situation. It is a compliment towards someone's intelligence or ingenuity. It means you cannot be caught off guard. In Cork, where I am from, like everything else, this can be said humorously with mild sarcasm, as in "Aren't you great?" e.g. "No flies Micky boy, no flies."
it is usually said in sarcasm. the term is a derogatory term meaning "you are perfect"(no flies on your shit) , but the person who says it believes you are giving yourself too much praise. in ireland it is not good to brag about yourself. others must decide if you are deserving of praise not yourself as it is meaningless or worse.
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It means basically that you are not silly, that you will not fall for scams or be the fall guy for a joke, apparently it was first used by an english captain in a battle against the Irish (the pass of the plumes) I think in ballyroan in Laois ,Ireland. The English soldiers were been driven mad by the flies but seemingly not the Irish as they had something on to repel the flies.The english captain was the first ever to use the phrase, there are no flies on them..
I was told it's another way of saying, "no s**t" when used as a reply to someone that states the obvious. Meaning flies will land on it.
agree, it means quick to catch on.
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It doesn't always mean "eager" and "quick to act" in a positive way. It's always been used around my work for a guy who never misses out on anything, always getting something before someone else, getting the best this or best that.
So what then is the meaning of that old folk song:
"there are flies on you
there are flies on me
but there ain't no flies on Jesus..." ?
I thought it was maybe referring to our mortality and Jesus' divinity, but that is a 100 percent pulled from my a. Any insight?
Anonymous More often than not, however, the expression is used with reference to mental quickness. BTW: The expression is not known by Americans.
It reportedly reached the US at the end of the 18th century.

I remember it from Daffy Duck in Looney Tunes
What's the matter? You see anything green? Any flies on me?
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I've heard it used sarcastically as well. I think everyone here has a valid explanation of how that tern is used from time to time.
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