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whirlybird

[hwur-lee-burd, wur-]
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noun Informal.
  1. helicopter.

Origin of whirlybird

First recorded in 1950–55; whirl + -y1 + bird
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  • The problem, seems to me, is how we're going to use it without the whirlybird.

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British Dictionary definitions for whirlybird

whirlybird

noun
  1. an informal word for helicopter
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