To be like “a bird in a gilded cage” is to live in luxury but without freedom: “Because the movie star could not go out without being recognized and pursued, she stayed in her penthouse, living like a bird in a gilded cage.”
Like balloons, the birds were meant to be able to carry a human aloft in a gilded cage.
Even in 1999, this gilded cage of a cushy but unstimulating white-collar career was only available to certain people.
The twittering canary is going to hop out of the gilded cage, and build her own nest.
She guessed, that he saw nothing in the gilded cage, but her image in his mind.
For the first time for nearly a month he remembered the bird in its gilded cage.
Also, he wished he dared ask her not to sing that song about "She's only a bird in a gilded cage."
Captivity was telling upon him, and he was pining as an eagle pines when caught and shut up by man even in a gilded cage.
If you refuse me, you will remain a prisoner in a gilded cage, but no harm shall come to you.'
For the first time for nearly a month, he remembered the bird in the gilded cage.
A great city might be beautiful to others: to her it was only as its gilded cage is to a mountain bird.