bird

bird [ bɜrd ] noun count ***
1. ) an animal covered in feathers, with two wings for flying and a hard pointed mouth called a beak or a bill. Birds build nests, in which female birds lay eggs.
2. ) OLD-FASHIONED a particular type of person:
She's a tough old bird.
3. ) MAINLY BRITISH INFORMAL a young woman
be (strictly) for the birds INFORMAL
to have no use, purpose, or importance
the bird has flown SPOKEN
used for saying that someone you are trying to find is already gone or has escaped
a bird in the hand (is worth two in the bush)
used for saying that it is better to have something that you can be certain of than to want something that might be better but you are not certain to get
the birds and the bees HUMOROUS
the facts about sex, when they are explained to children for the first time
birds of a feather (flock together)
used for saying that people of a similar type tend to support and agree with each other
flip/give someone the bird INFORMAL
to hold up your middle finger as a very rude sign
=> EARLY BIRD, KILL1, LITTLE 2

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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