give (someone) the bird

Definition of give (someone) the bird


  1. 1 or flip (someone) the bird US :  to make an offensive gesture at someone by pointing the middle finger upward while keeping the other fingers folded down He flipped them the bird.

  2. 2 British :  to loudly shout at, laugh at, or boo someone (such as a performer) in order to show disapproval The audience gave him the bird.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  the young of a feathered vertebrate

    :  any of a class (Aves) of warm-blooded vertebrates distinguished by having the body more or less completely covered with feathers and the forelimbs modified as wings

    :  a game bird

  1. :  to observe or identify wild birds in their habitats

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a trip made at another's expense

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