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1    the characteristic call or song of a bird  
2    an imitation of this  
3    an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp. by hunters or bird-catchers  
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1    any warm-blooded egg-laying vertebrate of the class Aves, characterized by a body covering of feathers and forelimbs modified as wings. Birds vary in size between the ostrich and the humming bird  
   Related adjs       avian       ornithic  
2    Informal   a person (usually preceded by a qualifying adjective, as in the phrases rare bird, odd bird, clever bird)  
3    Slang     (chiefly Brit)   a girl or young woman, esp. one's girlfriend  
4    Slang   prison or a term in prison (esp. in the phrase do bird; shortened from birdlime, rhyming slang for time)  
5    a bird in the hand   something definite or certain  
6    the bird has flown  
Informal   the person in question has fled or escaped  
7    the birds and the bees  
Euphemistic or jocular   sex and sexual reproduction  
8    birds of a feather   people with the same characteristics, ideas, interests, etc  
9    get the bird  
a    to be fired or dismissed  
b    (esp. of a public performer) to be hissed at, booed, or derided  
10    give (someone) the bird  
Informal   to tell (someone) rudely to depart; scoff at; hiss  
11    kill two birds with one stone   to accomplish two things with one action  
12    like a bird   without resistance or difficulty  
13    a little bird   a (supposedly) unknown informant  
a little bird told me it was your birthday     
14    (strictly) for the birds  
Informal   deserving of disdain or contempt; not important  
     (Old English bridd, of unknown origin)  
  birdlike      adj  

adjutant bird   , stork  
      n   either of two large carrion-eating storks, Leptoptilos dubius or L. javanicus, which are closely related and similar to the marabou and occur in S and SE Asia  
     (so called for its supposedly military gait)  
ant bird  
      n   any of various dull-coloured South American passerine birds of the family Formicariidae, such as Hylophylax naevioides (spotted ant bird), that typically feed on ants,   (Also called)    bush shrike, ant thrush  
      n      nickname of (Charlie)       Parker  
Informal   silly; stupid  
bird call  
1    the characteristic call or song of a bird  
2    an imitation of this  
3    an instrument imitating the call of a bird, used esp. by hunters or bird-catchers  
bird cherry  
      n   a small Eurasian rosaceous tree, Prunus padus, with clusters of white flowers and small black fruits  
   See also       cherry       1  
bird dog     (U.S. and Canadian)  
1      (Hunting)   a dog used or trained to retrieve game birds after they are shot  
  bird-dog   , -dogs, -dogging, -dogged  
2    Informal   to control closely with unceasing vigilance  
bird-nesting   , birds'-nesting  
      n   searching for birds' nests as a hobby, often to steal the eggs  
bird of paradise  
1    any songbird of the family Paradisaeidae of New Guinea and neighbouring regions, the males of which have brilliantly coloured ornate plumage  
2    bird-of-paradise flower   any of various musaceous plants of the genus Strelitzia, esp. S. reginae, that are native to tropical southern Africa and South America and have purple bracts and large orange or yellow flowers resembling birds' heads  
bird of passage  
1    a bird that migrates seasonally  
2    a transient person or one who roams about  
bird of peace  
      n      a figurative name for       dove   1       1  
bird of prey  
      n   a bird, such as a hawk, eagle, or owl, that hunts and kills other animals, esp. vertebrates, for food. It has strong talons and a sharp hooked bill  
   Related adj       raptorial  
bird pepper  
1    a tropical solanaceous plant, Capsicum frutescens, thought to be the ancestor of the sweet pepper and many hot peppers  
2    the narrow podlike hot-tasting fruit of this plant  
a    seen or photographed from high above  
b    summarizing the main points of a topic; summary (esp. in the phrase bird's-eye view)  
2    having markings resembling birds' eyes  
3    bird's-eye primrose   a Eurasian primrose, Primula farinosa, having clusters of purplish flowers with yellow centres  
4    bird's-eye speedwell      the usual U.S. name for       germander speedwell  
5    any of several other plants having flowers of two contrasting colours  
6    a pattern in linen and cotton fabrics, made up of small diamond shapes with a dot in the centre of each  
7    a linen or cotton fabric with such a pattern  
bird's-foot   , bird-foot  
      n   pl   , -foots  
1    a European papilionaceous plant, Ornithopus perpusillus, with small red-veined white flowers and curved pods resembling a bird's claws  
2    any of various other plants whose flowers, leaves, or pods resemble a bird's foot or claw  
bird's-foot trefoil  
      n   a creeping papilionaceous Eurasian plant, Lotus corniculatus, with red-tipped yellow flowers and seed pods resembling the claws of a bird,   (Also called)    bacon-and-eggs  
      vb   intr   to search for the nests of birds in order to collect the eggs  
bird's-nest fungus  
      n   any fungus of the family Nidulariaceae, having a nestlike spore-producing body containing egglike spore-filled structures  
bird's-nest orchid  
      n   a brown parasitic Eurasian orchid, Neottia nidus-avis, whose thick fleshy roots resemble a bird's nest and contain a fungus on which the orchid feeds  
bird's-nest soup  
      n   a rich spicy Chinese soup made from the outer part of the nests of SE Asian swifts of the genus Collocalia  
bird spider  
      n   any large hairy predatory bird-eating spider of the family Aviculariidae, of tropical America  
bird strike  
      n   a collision of an aircraft with a bird  
bird table  
      n   a table or platform in the open on which food for birds may be placed  
      n   a person who studies wild birds in their natural surroundings  
  bird-watching      n  
brain-fever bird  
      n   an Indian cuckoo, Cuculus varius, that utters a repetitive call  
crocodile bird  
      n   an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that lives close to rivers and is thought to feed on insects parasitic on crocodiles  
diamond bird  
      n   any small insectivorous Australian songbird of the genus Pardalotus, having a diamond-patterned plumage,   (Also called)    pardalote  
early bird  
Informal   a person who rises early or arrives in good time  
Early Bird  
      n   one of a number of communications satellites, the first of which was launched in 1965 into a stationary orbit and provided telephone channels between Europe and the U.S.  
   See also       Intelsat  
elephant bird  
      n      another name for       aepyornis  
      n   any Australian oriole of the genus Sphecotheres, feeding on figs and other fruit  
frigate bird  
      n   any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc.),   (Also called)    man-of-war bird  
gallows bird  
Informal   a person considered deserving of hanging  
game bird  
      n   a bird of any species hunted as game  
go-away bird  
      n     (S. African)   a common name for a grey-plumaged lourie of the genus Corythaixoides  
     (C19: imitative of its call)  
gooney bird  
      n      an informal name for       albatross   esp. the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)   esp. the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)  
     (C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon)  
locust bird  
      n   any of various pratincoles, esp. Glareola nordmanni (black-winged pratincole), that feed on locusts  
man-of-war bird   , man-o'-war bird  
      n      another name for       frigate bird  
mutton bird  
      n   any of several shearwaters, having a dark plumage with greyish underparts, esp. the sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus) of New Zealand, which is collected for food by Maoris. It inhabits the Pacific Ocean and in summer nests in Australia and New Zealand  
     (C19: so named because their cooked flesh is claimed to taste like mutton)  
old bird  
Jocular   a wary and astute person  
parson bird  
      n      another name for       tui  
     (C19: so called because of its dark plumage with white neck feathers)  
pilot bird  
      n   a warbler of forest floors in SE Australia, Pycnoptilus floccosus, named from its alleged habit of accompanying the superb lyrebird  
rainbow bird  
      n   an Australian bee-eater, Merops ornatus, with a brightly-coloured plumage. It feeds in flight and nests in sandy burrows  
      n   an Australian bower bird, Sericulus chrysocephalus, the male of which has a showy yellow and velvety-black plumage  
     (after the prince regent)  
rhinoceros bird  
      n      another name for the       oxpecker  
scrub bird  
      n   either of two fast-running wren-like passerine birds, Atrichornis clamosus or A. rufescens, that constitute the Australian family Atrichornithidae  
sea bird  
      n   a bird such as a gull, that lives on the sea  
secretary bird  
      n   a large African long-legged diurnal bird of prey, Sagittarius serpentarius, having a crest and tail of long feathers and feeding chiefly on snakes: family Sagittariidae, order Falconiformes (hawks, falcons, etc.)  
     (C18: so called because its crest resembles a group of quill pens stuck behind the ear)  
shore bird  
      n   any of various birds that live close to water, esp. any bird of the families Charadriidae or Scolopacidae (plovers, sandpipers, etc.),   (Also called (Brit.))    wader  
sugar bird  
      n   a South African nectar-eating bird, Promerops cafer, with a long curved bill and long tail: family Meliphagidae (honey-eaters)  
      n      another name for       oxpecker  
     (C19: so called because it eats insects off animals' backs)  
umbrella bird  
      n   a black tropical American passerine bird, Cephalopterus ornatus, having a large overhanging crest and a long feathered wattle: family Cotingidae (cotingas)  
water bird  
      n   any aquatic bird, including the wading and swimming birds  
whip bird  
      n     (Austral)  
1    any of several birds of the genus Psophodes, esp. P. olivaceus (eastern whip bird) and P. nigrogularis (black-throated whip bird), having a whistle ending in a whipcrack note  
2    any of various other birds, such as Pachycephala pectoralis and P. rufiventris (mock whip bird)  
widow bird  
      n      another name for       whydah  

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a modern version of the popular saying "killing two birds with one stone" derived from the popular video game "angry birds."
it's a unintended call which happens when the keys are not blocked in one's pocket
consider that two parties don't owe anything to each other
give a phone call
E.g.: Just give me a ring when you want to go out.
declare that you're done with work or other activity, and that you want to go out or rest or go to bed
take a decision based on one's subjective conclusions, when objective evidence is not available
Extreme and undesirable circumstances or situations can only be resolved by resorting to equally extreme and radical actions
The prime minister stated: 'Drastic times call for drastic measures' in order to justify the extremely unpopular austerity actions introduced by the government during the recession
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
to do two things at the same time using the effort needed to do only one
Emergency Medical Services - Polysemic Term used in USA and UK for Prehospital Emergency Services and other countries as the whole chain from Emergency Call to Hospital Intensive Care services.
Care Traduction difficulty !
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
Online or digital asset or value in cyberspace is simply call virtual property.
[Tech.];[Leg.] online digital assets
also FCR, a customer-service indicator used in the call center industry.
Physician Led management of Medical Emergencies from Emergency Call to Hospital intensive Care and GP emergencies in a SAMU in a global Integrated EMS
Medical term
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