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Meaning of "give someone the bird" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD

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WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD

give someone a leg up
give someone a piece of one´s mind
give someone a row
give someone curry
give someone enough rope to hang himself
give someone hell
give someone his head
give someone one
give someone the air
give someone the benefit of the doubt
give someone the best
give someone the cold shoulder
give someone the dingbats
give someone the flick
give someone the slip
give something a miss
give something a whirl
give something houseroom
give suck to
give the devil his due

WORDS THAT END LIKE GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD

a little bird
bird
brain-fever bird
cage bird
dolly bird
early bird
elephant bird
frigate bird
game bird
get the bird
gooney bird
like a bird
old bird
rainbow bird
rare bird
sea bird
secretary bird
shore bird
umbrella bird
wading bird
water bird

Synonyms and antonyms of give someone the bird in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «give someone the bird» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD

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Translator English - Chinese

给别人的鸟
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

dar a alguien el pájaro
570 millions of speakers

English

give someone the bird
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

किसी पक्षी दे
380 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Arabic

إعطاء شخص الطيور
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

дать кому птицу
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

dar a alguém o pássaro
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কেউ পাখি দাও
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

donner à quelqu´un l´oiseau
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Beri seseorang burung
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

jemandem den Vogel
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

誰かに鳥を与える
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

누군가 에게 새를 줄
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Menehi wong manuk
85 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Vietnamese

cung cấp cho một người nào đó con chim
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

யாராவது பறவையை கொடுங்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

कोणीतरी पक्षी द्या
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Birisine kuş ver
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

dare a qualcuno l´uccello
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

dać komuś ptaka
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

дати кому птицю
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

da cineva pasărea
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

δώσει κάποιος το πουλί
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gee iemand die voël
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ge någon fågeln
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gi noen fugl
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of give someone the bird

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD»

The term «give someone the bird» is normally little used and occupies the 133.886 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD»

Discover the use of give someone the bird in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to give someone the bird and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Speaking of Animals: A Dictionary of Animal Metaphors
Compare Give Someone Free Rein. GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD to give someone the bird. To hiss at someone (HOI: 1859); to give someone the " razzberry" (WNNCD: ca. 1919); to give someone the "finger." Source: BIRD. WNNCD: O.E. The ...
Robert Allen Palmatier, 1995
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A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
Lewis cites E.R. Wilson, that nigh the most wonderful of all slow bowlers, as using the phrase in 1920. give (someone) the bird. To dismiss (a person), send him about his business: late C.19—20. Ex theatre. See bird, n., 5, and get the bird.-2.
Eric Partridge, 2006
3
Idiomatic Expressions with English Grammar' 99 Ed.
GIVE THE RASPBERRY GIVE SOMEONE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD GIVE SOMEONE THE BUM'S RUSH GIVE SOMEONE THE GATE GIVE SOMEONE THE GREEN LIGHT GIVE SOMEONE THE HEAVE- HO ...
Cruz, Et Al
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Chabers 21st Century Dictionary
See also give someone the bird 2 below. 5 colloq, old use a person, especially a strange or unusual one a He's a funny old bird. • birder noun a birdwatcher. • birding noun BIRDWATCHING. • birds of a feather Brit colloq people who are like  ...
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Chambers concise dictionary
4 (the bird) US slang an obscene gesture of contempt, dismissal or defiance, etc, using a raised middle finger. See also GIVE SOMEONE THE BIRD below. 5 colloq, old use a person, especially a strange or unusual one • He's a funny old bird.
Ian Brookes, 2004
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The Chambers Dictionary
... clustered pods like birds' feet; birds of a feather see under feather; do bird ( slung; sec bird n. above) to serve a prison sentence; (strictly) for the birds (slang) not to be taken seriously, of little value; get (or give someone) the bird (ie the goose; ...
Allied Chambers, 1998
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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang
2 Esp. in the phrases to get the bird, give (someone) the bird: a orig theatrical A show of disapproval by an audience, esp. in the form of hissing. 1884–. P.G. WODEHOUSE Would a Rudge audience have given me the bird a few years ago ?
John Ayto, John Simpson, 2010
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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
... Juno. give someone the bird is to boo or jeer at someone. Earlier (early 19th century) in theatrical slang as the big bird, meaning a goose, because an audience's hissing an unpopular act or actor could be compared with the hissing of geese ...
Elizabeth Knowles, 2006
9
Advanced Learner's Dictionary
D idioms: a little bird told me used to refer to an undisclosable or unofficial source of information: A little bird told me you were changing your job! give someone the bird to send someone away in a rude manner; jeer ruddy at a performer, ...
Turton, 1998
10
Al Majaz:
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Wahab Alansari, 2005

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