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parrot (someone's) words

To repeat verbatim what someone else has said or is saying. When you're teaching students a new language, it does them little good to just have them parrot your words—they have to understand the mechanics of the language itself. The three boys encircled the fourth, parroting his words of protest in mocking tones.
See also: parrot, word

(as) sick as a parrot

Thoroughly displeased, disappointed, or dejected (about something). Primarily heard in UK. Tim was as sick as a parrot when he learned that he had been passed over for the promotion. I'm delighted that my children have such wonderful opportunities abroad, but I must say I feel sick as a parrot at the thought of being separated from them for so long.
See also: parrot, sick


  (British & Australian)
if you learn something parrot-fashion, you are able to repeat the words, but you do not understand their meaning
Usage notes: A parrot is a bird that can repeat words and noises it has just heard.
When I went to Sunday school, we had to recite passages from the Bible parrot-fashion.

be as sick as a parrot

  (British humorous)
to be very disappointed Tim was sick as a parrot when he heard Manchester had lost the match.
See also: parrot, sick
References in classic literature ?
Sire," he replied, "the death of the parrot was nothing.
The Princess was surprised and anxious, and fearing the parrot, who was her greatest comfort, had fallen ill, she took him in her hand and caressed him.
Presently the King appeared, and the parrot noticed with joy how much he was disliked.
The parrot, finding she was not much alarmed, told her who he was, all that her mother had promised him and the help he had already received from a Fairy who had assured him that she would give him means to transport the Princess to her mother's arms.
Since a long time the parrot had been on Felicite's mind, because he came from America, which reminded her of Victor, and she had approached the negro on the subject.
We was all staring at him surprised, especially Uncle Dick Tuxton, whose particular pet the parrot was.
Uncle Dick's fond of the parrot, so he speaks up for him.
When just then the parrot cuts with another of them squawks.
The only human sounds that the Parrot could bawl out were, "Come, let us be men
Spare us your elegiac tones," said the Parrot giggling.
The frightened Canary fluttered about in his cage; the Parrot flapped his wings, and cried, "Come, let us be men
Then she added: 'Sit down,' and composed herself voluptuously, in a nest of crimson and gold cushions, on an ottoman near the parrot.
The parrot had given a most piercing shriek, as if its name were Society and it asserted its right to its exactions.
You could go on Poll Parroting enough with her, when I warn't come in: Poll Parrot a little with her on this pint.
You can Poll Parrot enough when you ain't wanted to Poll Parrot, you perwerse jade