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22 / 06 / 2007
Animal Idioms

ANIMAL EXPRESSIONS: BIRD: meaning and examples

Good morning.

Today we will finish up our series of Daily Vitamins about expressions that use animals by looking at expressions in English that use the word bird (pájaro).

Today's 1st expression isthe birds and the bees

Meaning: used, informally, to refer to the basic facts about sex, especially when told to children.

Example 1
David: Papa. Where do babies come from?
Matthew: David...I think it's time we had a talk about the birds and the bees.

Today's 2nd expression is: to give somebody the bird / to get the bird

UK English --> to shout at somebody as a sign of disapproval; to be shouted at.
US English --> to make a rude sign at somebody with your middle finger; to have the sign made at you. 

Example 2:
Can you believe that guy? He gave me the bird only because I was driving 120 kilometres per hour. He was angry that I was driving too "slowly." 

Today's 3rd expression isa bird's-eye view (of something)

Meaning: a view of something from a high position.

Example 3:
Phil gave us great concert tickets. We had a bird's-eye view of the stage and could see all the musicians perfectly.

That concludes our Daily Vitamins about expressions with animals. Have a wonderful weekend!