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old bird

noun
1.
(jocular) a wary and astute person
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Historical Examples
  • How splendidly the old bird forgets herself in her efforts to defend and hide her young!

    Fisherman's Luck Henry van Dyke
  • How can he build a nest, when the old bird has got all the moss and the feathers?

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • But when it is an old bird that your setter is trailing, his actions are a curious mixture of cunning and fascination.

    Secret of the Woods William J. Long
  • "Here's your old bird," she chattered, when Mr. Hartman answered her knock.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • Mr. Grey's reply had simply been to the effect that you cannot twice catch an old bird with chaff.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • As for the old bird, no other name could have suited him so well.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • In front of him Colonel Marshall Adams pranced like an old bird kicking his wings.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • "The old bird has some pep left, after all," he whispered to Will.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • I visited this nest several times, and saw the old bird feeding her young.

  • Hes part of the fixtures—old bird is; but he aint about now.

    Local Color Irvin S. Cobb
Slang definitions & phrases for old bird

old bird

noun phrase

An old man; gaffer, geezer (1853+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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