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ground squirrel

A burrowing rodent of the squirrel family more commonly known as a gopher. You can really tell that spring is here when the ground squirrels start coming out again.
See also: ground, squirrel

ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

 and ain't got the sense God gave geese
Rur. is or are very foolish. There goes John, running around barefooted in the snow. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel. No use trying to explain anything to Jane. She ain't got the sense God gave geese.
See also: brain, gave, god, squirrel

squirrel something away

Fig. to hide something or store something in the way that a squirrel stores nuts for use in the winter. I squirreled a little money away for an occasion such as this. Liz squirreled away a lot of money while she was working.
See also: away, squirrel

squirrel away

Hide or store, as in She squirreled away her savings in at least four different banks. This expression alludes to the squirrel's habit of hiding nuts and acorns in the ground. [First half of 1900s]
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squirrel away

To hide or store something: They have been squirreling away money in an offshore bank account. The children were squirreling candy away in their rooms.
See also: away, squirrel


n. lice. (see also pants rabbits. Contrived.) I got an itch. Must be seam-squirrels.


1. n. a strange or eccentric person. Martin can be such a squirrel.
2. n. a car engine’s horsepower. (Usually plural.) I got 440 squirrels and a gaggle of carburetors.

squirrel out of something

in. to wiggle out of something; to manage to extricate oneself from a situation one does not wish to be in. He will do anything he can to squirrel out of going to the dance.
See also: of, out, squirrel

squirrel something away

tv. to hide something in reserve. Here is some food. I squirreled it away in my suitcase.
See also: away, squirrel


n. a nut; a loony person. The driver of the car—squirrel-food, for sure—just sat there smiling. Some squirrel-food came over and asked for a sky hook.
References in classic literature ?
After all, he was a little earth-maggot, just like all the other earth-maggots, like the squirrel he had eaten, like the other men he had seen fail and die, like Joe Hines and Henry Finn, who had already failed and were surely dead, like Elijah lying there uncaring, with his skinned face, in the bottom of the boat.
Maston grieved much for the loss of his poor squirrel, and proposed to add its case to that of other martyrs to science.
Then look out for woodchucks, if it is an exposed place, for they will nibble off the earliest tender leaves almost clean as they go; and again, when the young tendrils make their appearance, they have notice of it, and will shear them off with both buds and young pods, sitting erect like a squirrel.
The true husbandman will cease from anxiety, as the squirrels manifest no concern whether the woods will bear chestnuts this year or not, and finish his labor with every day, relinquishing all claim to the produce of his fields, and sacrificing in his mind not only his first but his last fruits also.
More leaping tree squirrels, more ruddy madronos and majestic oaks, more fairy circles of redwoods, and, still beside the singing stream, they passed a gate by the roadside.
The birds talked of it, the squirrels chattered about it, the very breeze whispered of it.
Since the grey squirrel colonised, red squirrels have largely vanished from Wales.
MORE than half a million pounds is to be spent in Northern Ireland on saving the red squirrel.
Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has welcomed the announcement of over Au550,000 funding for red squirrel conservation in Northern Ireland.
FORMER police worker Glen Graham was on the case after red squirrel numbers slumped at a Northumberland estate.
But thanks to the support of Wallington's visitors, who helped to raise funds for the conservation project, and a grant from the Forestry Commission, Wallington has a dedicated full time red squirrel ranger in Glen and a growing population of reds.
One advantage for prospective squirrel hunters is the numerous dates in the two hunting seasons.
And, from September 28 to October 4, Red Squirrel Week gives you the chance to get involved with projects throughout the UK which have been set up to help our woodland friends.
There are many red squirrel conservation projects where you can become an active member or donate to this very special cause - for the reds' North Wales stronghold on Anglesey see www.
When Gopher Joe asked Spermanidas, the Spartan Squirrel to help in their anti Gardener campaign, he regretfully refused also, because it was time to celebrate the Hibernation Moon Festival, giving thanks to the Earth for food and asking to be kept safe in their burrows for another winter.