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old bird

(jocular) a wary and astute person
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  • Mr. Spencer is an old bird, and not to be caught by such chaff.

    Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II. Charles James Lever
  • I am an old bird, and have had my own flights too often not to understand a look when I see it.

  • It's a hard trip and we've got to make it as easy for the old bird as we can.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • If there is anything left after the feast the old bird will swallow it again.

    Days Off

    Henry Van Dyke
  • How can he build a nest, when the old bird has got all the moss and the feathers?

    Curious, if True Elizabeth Gaskell
  • But he was an old bird, and not to be caught in an argumentative cage.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • "Here's your old bird," she chattered, when Mr. Hartman answered her knock.

    At the Little Brown House Ruth Alberta Brown
  • As for the old bird, no other name could have suited him so well.

    Life in a Tank Richard Haigh
  • "The old bird has some pep left, after all," he whispered to Will.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • But now, when you steal quietly up, there is no old bird on guard.

    In the West Country Francis A. Knight
Slang definitions & phrases for old bird

old bird

noun phrase

An old man; gaffer, geezer (1853+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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