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not (hear) a dicky bird

To not hear, say, or receive a sound, utterance, or item of communication. ("Dicky bird" is sometimes hyphenated.) We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery. We haven't heard a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—I think one of us should go check on them.
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The one about the Dicky Bird Society mentions the Newcastle Weekly Chronicle and says it commemorates the enrolment of 250,000 members.
It is hoped that more memorabilia will be unearthed on the North- East's Dicky Bird Society, a 19th Century fledgling forerunner of the RSPB.
Earlier this year a painting by Newcastle artist Ralph Hedley, which was presented to the Dicky Bird Society in 1897, was sold at auction for pounds 12,000.
When Jack Duckworth tells someone a dicky bird told him, it means he's heard the word.
Born Rodney, he got the nickname Dicky Bird and it stuck.
Dicky Bird has thought about nothing but cricket - save the odd cucumber sandwich - since he was a child.