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bird colonel

Syllabification: bird colo·nel

Definition of bird colonel in English:

noun

informal
A full colonel.
Example sentences
  • A peer, on the other hand, who commanded a squad of street cleaners in New York City (hence a public employee), went to Leavenworth and became a bird colonel, and for all I know, maybe a general officer.
  • Seasoned bird colonels and second lieutenants who knew less than the students they tutored variously served as superintendents.
  • A little more discipline in thought would be appropriate before we castigate the bird colonels and stars.

Origin

mid 20th century; from the silver eagle indicating the rank of full colonel.

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