birdie

[bur-dee]
noun
1.
a small bird.
2.
Golf. a score of one stroke under par on a hole.
3.
a shuttlecock.
verb (used with object), birdied, birdieing.
4.
Golf. to make a birdie on (a hole).

Origin:
1785–95; bird + -ie

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birdie (ˈbɜːdɪ)
 
n
1.  golf a score of one stroke under par for a hole
2.  informal a bird, esp a small bird
 
vb
3.  (tr) golf to play (a hole) in one stroke under par

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birdie
golf slang for "play a hole one under par," 1956, earlier bird (1911), from bird (1) in Amer.Eng. slang sense of "exceptionally clever or accomplished person or thing" (1839).
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Example sentences
His long drives set up easy approach shots, which set up birdie putts, which he made more often than he missed.
They dueled until the final hole, challenging each other with birdie after birdie.
Depending on whom you ask, the structure resembles a tree or a badminton birdie with a golden egg at the top.
Tiger then hits a dead shot and will have a no-birdie round.
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