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bring owls to Athens

To do or undertake something redundant, pointless, or futile. It refers to the city of Athens in the time of Ancient Greece, where silver coins were minted with the image of an owl (which were abundant in the city). Thus, to bring either owls or silver to Athens would be a useless venture. The councilor's plans to improve the economy by increasing taxes simply would be bringing owls to Athens.
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like an owl in an ivy bush

With a vacant stare, often due to drunkenness. Ivy bushes were thought to be enjoyed by both owls and Bacchus, the Roman god of wine. Whenever Rob drinks, he eventually looks like an owl in an ivy bush, gazing off into the distance at nothing.
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night owl

A person who prefers to be awake late at night. In my younger days, I was quite a night owl and would often stay up until sunrise.
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I wasn't brought up in the woods to be scared by owls.

Rur. I am not foolish or easily frightened. His threats don't scare me. I wasn't brought up in the woods to be scared by owls. Mary: You'll be sorry you ever crossed me. Jane: I wasn't brought up in the woods to be scared by owls.
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night owl

Fig. someone who stays up at night; someone who works at night. My roommate is a night owl and usually reads until 5:00 A.M. A few night owls stayed at the café all night long.
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*wise as Solomon

 and *wise as an owl
very wise. (*Also: as ~.) If you are in trouble, get Chris to advise you. He's as wise as Solomon. This is a difficult problem. You'd need to be as wise as an owl to be able to solve it.
See also: wise

a night owl

someone who often goes to bed late because they prefer to do things at night A night owl from his youth, he is rarely in bed before 4 o'clock.
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night owl

A person who habitually stays up late and is active at night, as in You can call her after midnight, for she's a night owl. This colloquial term, originally used in the late 1500s for an owl that is active at night, was transferred to nocturnal human beings in the mid-1800s.
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n. a nighttime session of owl watching. (Bird watchers humor.) We went on an owl-prowl last night and spotted a spotted owl. It was a barn owl, but we spotted it.
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the Owls shut their eyes in pious remembrance of the darkness, and answered, "My lords and gentlemen, the Constitution is destroyed
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Barn owls need rough grassland to feed in as well as somewhere safe to nest.
The observation represents the first confirmed record of a Strix owl in the UAE and highlights the value and importance of Wadi Wurayah National Park.
For such a short introduction to a book on the owls of the world, I found the emphasis on a single threat factor somewhat misplaced.
This visit was the first step in what Science teacher Hugh Lomas hopes will be a long-standing relationship with The Owls Trust, "Our aim is to find a group of dedicated students to work with The Owls Trust at Bodafon Farm, helping them take care of the birds they have there.
A logged area within northern spotted owl habitat in Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park in British Columbia shows an environment that will not be hospitable to spotted owls again for centuries.
The project's first phase ended in March, after Fish and Wildlife officials shot 71 barred owls in the Hoopa Valley area of Northern California, agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Materna said.
Barn owls also have far fewer nesting sites due to tree loss and barn restoration.
Smith explained, "If snowy owls evacuated the tundra under starvation conditions, they would arrive here emaciated, with many of them dying along the way.
They brought a variety of different owls into school including: Archie the Barn Owl and Genie the Asian Owl.
The sanctuary's Matthew McCormick said the vandals had given the owls a death sentence.
Their group, the Burrowing Owl Conservation Network (BOCN) believes that burrowing owls are vital to maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems, and as such is working on several fronts to help protect habitat and reverse the animal's population slide.
A BARN owl was stolen by thieves in a break-in on Merseyside.
Owner Debbie Isley says: "I don't know what it is but people just fall in love with owls.