Examples of canary in a Sentence
a canary who was singing and giving up the names of some of the city's most notorious drug lords
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The Canaries dominated large stretches of the game, but their lack of clinical finishing and defensive errors left them open to a smash-and-grab performance from the plucky Black Cats.
They were found at additional sites along Rock Creek in subsequent decades, and act as metaphorical canaries in the coal mine.
The coal-mine canary sang loudly when there was no risk or threat.
Establishments like these are the canaries of gentrification, opening in neighborhoods where rent is cheap and foretelling the increases to come.
As a measure of the democratic process, the press briefing can act as the canary in the coal mine.
That’s making many wonder: Is Whittier an outlier or a bellwether, an unfortunate white elephant or the proverbial canary in the coal mine?
Vulnerable communities, the ‘canaries in the coalmines’ of displacement, are disappearing from the cultural landscape.
Played with almost indecent relish by John Lithgow, Strutt has the smile of a cat who swallows a bushel of canaries at every meal.
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Origin and Etymology of canary
First Known Use: 1592See Words from the same year
Synonymsbetrayer, informer [slang], deep throat, fink, informant, nark [British], rat, rat fink, snitch, snitcher, squealer, stoolie, stool pigeon, talebearer, tattler, tattletale, telltale, whistle-blower
Related Wordscollaborator; blabber, blabbermouth, gossip, gossiper, leaker; snoop, snooper, spy; notifier
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Definition of canary for English Language Learners
: a small usually yellow or green tropical bird that is often kept in a cage
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