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stormy petrel

n.
2. One who brings discord or appears at the onset of trouble; a rebel.
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stormy petrel

n
1. (Animals) another name for storm petrel
2. a person who brings or portends trouble
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storm′y pet′rel


n.
1. a storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus, of the E Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, and Indian Ocean.
2. a person who likes strife.
3. a person or thing that foreshadows trouble.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stormy petrel - sooty black petrel with white markingsstormy petrel - sooty black petrel with white markings; of the northern Atlantic and Mediterranean
storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts
genus Hydrobates, Hydrobates - type genus of the Hydrobatidae
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Translations

stormy petrel

nSturmschwalbe f; (fig)Unglücksbote m/-botin f
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I am afraid, my dear Colonel, that you must regret the hour that you took in such a stormy petrel as I am."
There will almost always be problems and stormy petrels to calm.
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Stormy Petrels first Hobart Race was in 1970, her last of nine in 2005, a tribute to the dedication of current owner Kevin O'Shea and his crew in bringing the old boat back to her best for a tough ocean race.
It is as if we root for the ruination of these windblown kites, stormy petrels, vanguard artists, lab rats, and cannon fodder.
It is hard to see how Forest can survive without the services of Pierre van Hooijdonk unless they spend some serious money, which they cannot do until they find a club willing to fork out a mammoth fee for player who is proving one of the stormy petrels of British football.