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#1 2006-08-19 13:19:31

jorkel
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Registered: 2006-08-08
Posts: 1455

"FLEE/FLEA bargain" (plea)

Google hits on Aug 19, 2006
1,440,000 “plea bargain” ....(and 10,400,000 “flea market”)
1720 “FLEA” bargain (both meanings)
51 “FLEE” bargain
Analysis by Joe Krozel

A “plea bargain” is a bargain where on pleads guilty to a lesser offense to avoid trial over a more serious offense.

It is not uncommon to hear the slip “flea bargain” with little thought over what context “flea” would play. Perhaps the criminal is viewed as a flea -an small, insignifant (yet annoying) insect. If so, this is would constitute one eggcorn…

Example:
Human StupidityDefendant reported that his attorney was trying to work out a flea bargain with the district attorney. When asked what her husband did for a living, ...
www.badpets.net/Humor/Dumb/SillyProbation.html – 10k – Cached – Similar pages
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Other writers use “Flea bargain” in connection with “flea market” which is an open air market for selling secondhand items. So, one would go to a flea market to “flea bargain.” I would consider this an eggcorn -rather than a simple slip or a mere neologism- because the speaker is subconsciously aware of the term “plea bargain,” as he/she evokes “flea bargain” in the current context…

Example:
New Page 1Farm Eggs, Farm Fresh Veggies, Flea Bargain Tables,. Jewelry, Jams,. Musical Entertainment,. Paintings, Pickles, Pottery,. Knitting, Sewing, ...
www.crowsnestmuseum.ca/august.html – 4k – Cached – Similar pages
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Still other writers use “Flee bargain” as an eggcorn for “plea bargain.” The context is clear: a “flee bargain” allows the criminal to “flee” a trial by bargaining with the powers that be.

Examples:
U Publish – Free Reprint Articles | Free Articles | Free Article …Actually we are not entering a plea of guilty for our asinine behavior when we were young , but rather accepting a flee bargain of immaturity , for a lesser …
www.upublish.info/ezineready.php?id=22013 – 30k – Supplemental Result – Cached – Similar pages

Brockton ForumsI can tell you that all that are involved have the right to flee bargain with the District Attorney’s Office . As of today this matter is in the hands of …
www.inbrockton.com/prod/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=4717 – Supplemental Result – Similar pages

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#2 2011-10-13 14:25:32

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2101

Re: "FLEE/FLEA bargain" (plea)

Five years later, further contribution to this discussion on a language blog: http://www.copyediting.com/eggcorn-sigh … ea-bargain

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#3 2011-10-13 19:14:04

JuanTwoThree
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Registered: 2009-08-15
Posts: 315

Re: "FLEE/FLEA bargain" (plea)

Please bargaining is another option that may be used to have your DUI charges reduced.

Please bargaining, in his opinion, is a much simpler way to work the system and satisfy both parties

The etymological link is there but it’s a pretty reworking.

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#4 2011-10-16 17:20:02

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1166

Re: "FLEE/FLEA bargain" (plea)

thats the way they have done it to so many of our bros and sisters….. try to intimidate you into copying a plea.
Hawai’i Cannabis Ministry

even copying a plea will not keep you from serving serious time.
Fla justice

The grand jury found that 70 to 75 per cent of felons were not in prison for the crimes they probably committed, but that they had “coppered a plea” to a lesser offense.
North Tonawanda NY Evening News, 1936

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#5 2011-10-17 20:24:54

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2101

Re: "FLEE/FLEA bargain" (plea)

Copying a plea is a easy way to get a suspendered sentence.

Please << pleas discussed here: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/forum/view … hp?id=5301

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