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yardbird

[yahrd-burd] /ˈyɑrdˌbɜrd/
noun, Slang.
1.
a convict or prisoner.
2.
an army recruit.
3.
a soldier confined to camp and assigned to cleaning the grounds or other menial tasks as punishment for violation of the rules.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; yard2 + bird, by analogy with jailbird
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British Dictionary definitions for yard-bird

yardbird

/ˈjɑːdˌbɜːd/
noun
1.
(US, military) an inexperienced, untrained, or clumsy soldier, esp one employed on menial duties
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Word Origin and History for yard-bird

yardbird

n.

"convict," 1956, from yard (n.1) + bird (n.1), from the notion of prison yards; earlier it meant "basic trainee" (World War II armed forces slang).

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Slang definitions & phrases for yard-bird

yard 1

noun

A hundred dollars; a $100 bill: ''Mac, what you payin' for this?'' Stony looked around the room. ''A yard and ahalf ''

Related Terms

half a yard

[1926+; fr the unit of measure]


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