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Get the bird

From The Great War 1914-1918

Get the bird: To fail in a request. To be "shut up," for example, "I went and asked for leave, and got the bird properly." Originally theatrical slang, meaning to get hissed. [1]

References / notes

  1. Edward Fraser and John Gibbons (1925). Soldier and Sailor Words and Phrases. Routledge, London p.23.
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