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bird's eye view  

     ( bird's eye views    plural  ) You say that you have a bird's eye viewof a place when you are looking down at it from a great height, so that you can see a long way but everything looks very small.      n-count   usu sing  
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bird     ( birds    plural  )
1       n-count   A bird is a creature with feathers and wings. Female birds lay eggs. Most birds can fly.  
2       n-count   Some men refer to young women as birds. This use could cause offence.  
  (BRIT)  
INFORMAL  
3   
    early bird  
    game bird  
4    If you refer to two people as birds of a feather, you mean that they have the same interests or are very similar.  
birds of a feather      phrase   v-link PHR  
5    A bird in the hand is something that you already have and do not want to risk losing by trying to get something else.  
a bird in the hand      phrase  
6    If you say that a little bird told you about something, you mean that someone has told you about it, but you do not want to say who it was.  
little bird      phrase  
7    If you say that doing something will kill two birds with one stone, you mean that it will enable you to achieve two things that you want to achieve, rather than just one.  
kill two birds with one stone      phrase   V inflects  


bird of paradise        ( birds of paradise    plural  ) A bird of paradise is a songbird which is found mainly in New Guinea. The male birds have very brightly coloured feathers.      n-count  
bird of passage        ( birds of passage    plural  ) If you refer to someone as a bird of passage, you mean that they are staying in a place for a short time before going to another place.      n-count  
Most of these emigrants were birds of passage who returned to Spain after a relatively short stay.     
bird of prey        ( birds of prey    plural  ) A bird of prey is a bird such as an eagle or a hawk that kills and eats other birds and animals.      n-count  
bird's eye view        ( bird's eye views    plural  ) You say that you have a bird's eye viewof a place when you are looking down at it from a great height, so that you can see a long way but everything looks very small.      n-count   usu sing  
bird table        ( bird tables    plural  ) A bird table is a small wooden platform on a pole which some people put in their garden in order to put food for the birds on it.      n-count  
bird-watcher        ( bird-watchers    plural  ) , birdwatcher   A bird-watcher is a person whose hobby is watching and studying wild birds in their natural surroundings.      n-count  
bird-watching      , birdwatching  
Bird-watching is the activity of watching and studying wild birds in their natural surroundings.      n-uncount  
early bird        ( early birds    plural  )
1       n-count   An early bird is someone who does something or goes somewhere very early, especially very early in the morning.  
We've always been early birds, getting up at 5.30 or 6am...     
2       adj   An early bird deal or offer is one that is available at a reduced price, but which you must buy earlier than you would normally do.  
ADJ n  
Early bird discounts are usually available at the beginning of the season.     
game bird        ( game birds    plural  ) Game birds are birds which are shot for food or for sport.      n-count   usu pl  
water bird        ( water birds    plural  ) A water bird is a bird that swims or walks in water, especially lakes and rivers. There are many kinds of water bird.      n-count  

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bird  


    chicken  

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n.
point of view
In cinema, refers to camera technique (caméra subjective).
exp.
a modern version of the popular saying "killing two birds with one stone" derived from the popular video game "angry birds."
n.
brothers of the blue eye
adj.
perceived visually
E.g. How much of the info taken in by the eye do we memorize? (meaning: How much of what we see do we remember?)
exp.
what's up
sms like writing, incorrect form in English
exp.
it's ready!
or "dinner's ready!"; "lunch is ready!"; "breakfast's ready!"
o.
could refer to a very weak cup of tea/pint of beer
n.
(in an auction, negotiation or other business competition) the situation in which the winning party has overrated the pursued object
[Bus.]
n.
a mess, a failure
[Slang];[UK] it comes from the cooking domain where the phrase described a dish that was not tasty enough and therefore thrown away to dogs
exp.
stop talking; refrain from saying something
informal
exp.
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
exp.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
exp.
When sth sounds too good to be true and not as good as it seems to be and you suspect that there is a hidden problem
exp.
be kept waiting
exp.
The duck's nuts, the best, the top.
exp.
to rattle someone's cage means to do something that is likely to annoy them or unsettle them
exp.
take credit for another person's accomplishment
exp.
kill someone; cause a big damage to someone
exp.
to lose one's temper
very familiar
exp.
(about a positive event/situation) happen out of the blue, without any effort from the impacted persons
id.
make a lot of efforts to understand something
v.
spoil someone's plans; spoil someone's pleasure or joy.
I hate to rain on your parade, but we will not be able to host your birthday party next week.
exp.
expression used to describe the practice of a company using internally the marketed products
[Bus.] expression originating from and widely used in software industry; the practice is also known as "dogfooding"
n.
one who solves people's problems
n.
means a liquid is not clear: this tea's got bits in it, I don't like yogurt with bits in it
assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'
exp.
something is easy to do
exp.
if people live in each other's pocket, they spend a lot of time together
n.
n 1 a hatch of eggs laid by a particular bird or laid in a single nest 2 a brood of chickens 3 Informal a group, bunch, or cluster vb 4 tr to hatch (chickens)
exp.
have everything together; have all things settled/organized
E.g.: Just when I had got all my ducks in a row and I was ready to go, I received a call and had to cancel my trip.
exp.
be tone-deaf
comes from a pun related to Van Gogh (a painter) cutting off his left ear and the expression "have an ear for music" = be particularly good at learning music
exp.
there is something really obvious that no one talks about

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