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a little birdie told me

A phrase used when one does not want to reveal the source of the information that one is about to share or has shared. A: "Did you hear that Mark is planning to propose to Sarah soon?" B: "Yes, a little birdie told me."
See also: birdie, little, told


and birdie
mod. crazy; strange. She acts a little birdy from time to time.


See birdy
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CALAMBA, Laguna -- Yuka Saso shrugged off Ploychompoo Wilairungreung's early charge and quelled the Thai ace's late rally with clutch birdies as the top amateur humbled the elite pros by winning the ICTSI Ayala Greenfield Ladies Challenge crown by two on a closing 70 here yesterday.
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The 2010 champion collected five birdies on his first 10 holes in a bogey-free second round.
18: Schwartzel's birdie from eight foot on the 16th puts him back level with Scott.
If the ball goes a long way past, Palmer could miss the par putt and need two birdies just to get to the uncertainty of a playoff.
5:33pm - The cheer from the 16th forces Woods to back off his birdie putt on 15 but he then coolly holes to lead by two on 17 under.
Both players teed off at the 10th with Broadhurst picking up a birdies on 14 and 18 while bogeying 16 and 5.
Par wasgoodenough to win the next three holes, Mickelson leaving a birdie putt short on the 17th to take the match down the last.
His partner Padraig Harrington's second birdie was only good enough for a half on the sixth however, Mickelson's two at the seventh reduced the gap, Montgomerie's birdie at the eighth put it back to three.
Hwang, coming off a runaway victory in the Philippine Amateur Championship at Riviera last month, broke a two-birdie, two-bogey stint at the front with a pair of back-to-back birdies (10-11 and 15-16) at Aoki's backnine to jump from the middle of the pack to the top of the heap in the third leg of this year's Ladies Philippine Golf Tour (LPGT) put up by ICTSI.
But instead it was Swedish veteran Stenson who seized his chance to shine at the USPGA Tour's season finale, opening with consecutive birdies at the first three holes before a further birdie and an eagle left him six under at the turn.
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