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give someone the bird

Definition of give someone the bird in English:

1British informal Boo or jeer at someone.
Example sentences
  • And while mobile phone tunes may already give you the bird, it could be worse, South suggests.
  • I have an aversion to sites which literally give you the bird on the front page, so I didn't linger.
  • A guy misses a match - for his own reasons no doubt, that is not a justification to give him the bird.
1.1North American another way of saying flip someone the bird .
Example sentences
  • Ever since I graduated, in 1977, people have never tired of giving me the bird.
  • I smiled to myself as I watched her start spluttering and yelling after the car and giving him the bird.
  • Residents and shoppers in Rayleigh have been given the bird after council plans to try and deter pigeons from the town centre were abandoned.
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