dicky-bird


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Related to dicky-bird: dickey bird
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dicky-bird - small bird; adults talking to children sometimes use these words to refer to small birds
bird - warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrates characterized by feathers and forelimbs modified as wings
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
References in classic literature ?
We do not sigh over dead dicky-birds with the bailiff in the house, and when we do not know where on earth to get our next shilling from, we do not worry as to whether our mistress' smiles are cold, or hot, or lukewarm, or anything else about them.
I loathe the idea of taking pleasure in killing but don't understand the furore over the moderate number of foxes killed each year when the Dogs Trust tells us a healthy dog is killed every hour in Britain and no one says a dicky-bird.