One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1British Boo or jeer at someone.
- ‘And while mobile phone tunes may already give you the bird, it could be worse, South suggests.’
- ‘A guy misses a match - for his own reasons no doubt, that is not a justification to give him the bird.’
- ‘I have an aversion to sites which literally give you the bird on the front page, so I didn't linger.’
2North American Stick one's middle finger up at someone as a sign of contempt or anger.‘he gave his bench the bird, saluted and left the game’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as giving 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.’
- ‘Maybe when Ron Sims gets on a bus to promote yet another tax increase for transportation the driver can give him the bird in the spirit of political free speech.’
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