robin


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to robin: American robin

around Robin Hood's barn

A long, indirect route. A: "What took you guys so long to get here?" B: "Well, rather than just going through town, our esteemed driver took us all around Robin Hood's barn instead!"
See also: around, barn, robin

go around Robin Hood's barn

To take a long, indirect route. A: "What took you guys so long to get here?" B: "Well, rather than just going through town, our esteemed driver went around Robin Hood's barn instead!"
See also: around, barn, robin

all around Robin Hood's barn

going somewhere by an indirect route; going way out of the way [to get somewhere]; by a long and circuitous route. We had to go all around Robin Hood's barn to get to the little town.
See also: all, around, barn, robin

round robin

1. A petition or other document signed by several persons in sequence, so that no one can tell who was the first to sign it. For example, We decided to send a round robin to management to protest the new rules about work hours . This term originally referred to a grievance presented by seamen to their captain, called round because of the circular sequence of names, but the source of robin has been lost. [Early 1700s]
2. In sports, a tournament in which each player or team plays against all of the others in turn. For example, The club always holds a tennis round robin on the Fourth of July. [Late 1800s]
See also: robin, round
References in classic literature ?
she said to the robin just as if she was speaking to a person.
But just that moment the robin, who had ended his song, gave a little shake of his wings, spread them and flew away.
If he's courtin', he's makin' up to some young madam of a robin that lives among th' old rose-trees there.
A moment of silence ensued, and then was heard the rustling of leaves and crackling of twigs like the coming of many men; and forth from the glade burst a score or two of stalwart yeomen, all clad in Lincoln green, like Robin, with good Will Stutely and the widow's three sons at their head.
Why, marry," replied Robin, "this fellow would not let me pass the footbridge, and when I tickled him in the ribs, he must needs answer by a pat on the head which landed me overboard.
Why," said Robin, "my men and even the Sheriff of Nottingham know me as Robin Hood, the outlaw.
Then one of them, with his mouth full, called out to Robin, "Hulloa, where goest thou, little lad, with thy one-penny bow and thy farthing shafts?
Then Robin grew angry, for no stripling likes to be taunted with his green years.
I'll hold the best of you twenty marks," quoth bold Robin, "that I hit the clout at threescore rods, by the good help of Our Lady fair.
Maclaren; and then after a great number of civilities, Robin took the pipes and played a little spring in a very ranting manner.
Do ye own yourself beaten at the pipes, then," said Robin, "that ye seek to change them for the sword?
Alan did as he asked; and Robin proceeded to imitate and correct some part of Alan's variations, which it seemed that he remembered perfectly.
Why, Robin,' says the mother again, 'are you really in earnest?
All this was dreadful to me, for the mother began to yield, and Robin pressed her home on it.
For it may be, son,' said she, 'you may see farther into the thing than I, and see if you think she has been so positive as Robin says she has been, or no.