for the birds

Slang Dictionary

bird definition


  1. n.
    a woman; a girl. : I like the bird you were with last night.
  2. n.
    a derisive noise made with the lips; a raspberry. : The third time he fumbled, he was greeted by two thousand mouths making the bird.
  3. n.
    an odd person. : Some old bird came up to me and tried to sell me a cookbook.
  4. n.
    a rude gesture made with the middle finger. (Usually with the. See comments at finger wave.) : A lot of little kids give people the bird all the time because they see it on television.
  5. n.
    an airplane. : I like this bird. She's a dream to fly.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Slang Dictionary

for the birds definition


  1. mod.
    undesirable. : I don't like this kind of life. It's for the birds.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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Idioms & Phrases

for the birds

Worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example, This conference is for the birdslet's leave now. This term has been said to allude to horse droppings from which birds would extract seeds. This seemingly fanciful theory is borne out by a more vulgar version of this idiom, shit for the birds. [Slang; first half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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