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rare bird

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rare bird

noun phrase

Someone or something quite different and remarkable: rare bird of a man who will do housework

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • A faithful and good servant is a real godsend; but truly 't is a rare bird in the land.

    Familiar Quotations John Bartlett
  • It was full of purple eggs, and there was the rare bird he had seen but once.

    Woodland Tales Ernest Seton-Thompson
  • Although not by any means a rare bird, with us jays are shy and wary.

    The Log of the Sun William Beebe
  • We had a wonderful chance to study the coloring of this rare bird.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • The clergyman was a delightful survival, a "rare bird" still!

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He knew how to wait—unseen, so that this rare bird should not perceive the net spread for it in its wildness and weariness.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • I have met with it in the marshy woods and reed-beds along the shores of the Plata, but it is a shy, rare bird in Buenos Ayres.

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