shoot (someone) the bird

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shoot (someone) the bird

To raise one's middle finger (a rude gesture of anger or displeasure) at another person. The phrase "flip (someone) the bird" is also commonly used. What are you shooting me the bird for, I didn't even say anything insulting! I shot my brother the bird after he said that he'd never seen a worse basketball player than me.
See also: bird, shoot

flip/give/shoot somebody the ˈbird

(American English, slang) make a rude sign at somebody with your middle finger
See also: bird, flip, give, shoot, somebody
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I tried to shoot the bird, but my aim was so bad that I could not do her this mercy, and at last she flew away, and I saw her no more.
But if you want a dog to hold its points until you arrive and shoot the bird, if you want it to return promptly on whistle and voice commands, if you want it to slam on the brakes when you give it the command "whoa," then it's up to you to train that into him.
Lesley via e-mail 6 Fiona, regarding your horrific plan to murder the majestic, if slightly annoying, magpies; may I suggest that when you hand your husband an air gun to shoot the bird with the rattling cackle, that you take cover.
The judge accused a 21-year-old man of trying to shoot the bird and says he has to stay away from the duck and his owner.
I ran for the gun, knowing I had to shoot the bird,
Meanwhile, a friend with a gun should allow the bird to fly away some-what and then shoot the bird.
While holding their phones up over their heads, players must shoot the birds down and bump up their scores.
The committee previously ruled out a proposal to shoot the birds or drug them.
Bedfordshire Police said yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to discontinue the case against the trio after ammunition allegedly used to shoot the birds was lost.
Livestock farmer David Bowe is so exasperated with the invasion that he has applied for an out-of-season licence to shoot the birds, but he fears an individual approach will only result in moving the problem elsewhere ( if it is granted in time.
The farmers are planning to seek legislation that would let them shoot the birds out of season, just as they can other animals.
The report claims gamekeepers regularly kill the animals to protect grouse and pheasant stocks so people will pay to go on the estates to shoot the birds.
But the traders have not suggested to me they are looking to go out and shoot the birds.
Council bosses in Dumfries had planned to shoot the birds.
In the past, marksmen have been brought in to shoot the birds or poison has been laid down.