for the birds


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for the birds

worthless; undesirable. This television program is for the birds. Winter weather is for the birds.
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for the birds

without value “What do you think of the new system?” “I think it's for the birds - it won't work.”
Etymology: based on the idea that birds eat seed, which is not worth much
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for the birds

Worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example, This conference is for the birds-let's leave now. This term has been said to allude to horse droppings from which birds would extract seeds. This seemingly fanciful theory is borne out by a more vulgar version of this idiom, shit for the birds. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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for the birds

mod. undesirable. I don’t like this kind of life. It’s for the birds.
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for the birds

Objectionable or worthless.
See also: bird