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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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Yeah, almost anything can be said sarcastically to alter the definition. But that is not relevant when giving a definition. When explaining what something means, it's best to just say what it means. Then, anyone who knows sarcasm can apply that affect on their own if they choose. Words aren't typically defined as meaning "either what they mean or the opposite if you're being sarcastic" - that is just confusing and unnecessary.
I disagree, did not mean stupid, at all
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The phrase dates back at least to 1662 when it appeared in Moliere's comedy The School for Wives. It is said in Act I, Scene One by the character Arnolphe.

"I’m marrying a fool. No flies on me.

I’m sure your wife’s as virtuous as can be.

But one with brains is not a good idea."

He is suggesting that only an ignorant man marries a worldly woman. If you want to avoid being made to look the fool, marry a fool. Thus, the phrase indicates someone who crafty, cunning and not easily fooled; or, at the very least, someone who thinks they are.

I agree. That's the only way I've heard it used for more than 5 decades.

Carefully choose needs to hear this, for this person may appear not to have any flies on him when, in reality in the shadow, you find these dimwits literally covered in flies, ,and the one that tells the evil one this laughs bcuz he nos how lying, dirty, cheating, and murderous is the former truly is. . . . . . .and laughs. . . . . .and laughs.

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If you’re saying it sincerely, then it can mean either they are working quickly or have a quick intellect. If you’re using it sarcastically it can mean the person is working slowly or that they aren’t the sharpest tool in the shed.

Like other relies, it means you keep busy. It can be positive (not lazy), or negative (so busy you get into trouble). See poem by Eugene Field titled “Jest ‘fore Christmas” for an example of the latter.
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