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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.
See also: Athens, bring, owl

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.
See also: bush, ivy, like, owl

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.
See also: night, owl

send 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. Creating a business to export olive oil to Italy is like sending owls to Athens! His plans to improve the economy by increasing taxes would simply be sending owls to Athens.
See also: Athens, owl, send

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.
See also: brought, owl, scare, up, wood

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.
See also: night, owl

*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.
See also: night, owl

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.
See also: night, owl

owl-prowl

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 Northumberland Coast Barn Owl Project will construct nesting boxes on farms along the coast and offer farmers advice on how to make their land and buildings more barn owl-friendly.
Of the species found in North America, I am most familiar with the Spotted Owl (Strix occidentalis).
As with almost all battles that call out a single species as a symbol for a cause, the spotted owl is an indicator species--what we metaphorically call a canary in a coal mine.
In 1990, authorities designated the northern spotted owl as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.
Agricultural chemicals, such as pesticides, reduced the UK barn owl population to approximately 4,000 breeding pairs by the mid-2000s.
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The sanctuary's Matthew McCormick said the vandals had given the owls a death sentence.
Once a common species in California and across North America, the Western burrowing owl has become a rarer and rarer sight over the last three decades given habitat loss and other environmental perils the bird faces.
A BARN owl was stolen by thieves in a break-in on Merseyside.
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An owl pellet is a tight wad of indigestable parts--bones, feathers, fur--that the owl spits up a few hours after a meal.
At first glance, this may seem like a very silly sight: a man in a lab coat waving a brown owl about.
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