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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

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel!
See also: brain, gave, god, 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]
See also: away, squirrel

squirrel away

v.
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

seam-squirrels

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

squirrel

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, something, squirrel

squirrel something away

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

squirrel-food

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.
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Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Wildlife Inspector Declan Looney said: The red squirrels in this forest had recovered well following the first outbreak five years ago but this is a further blow to them.
Most people like squirrels well enough to share the backyard and parks with, but worldwide, the biggest threat to these little animals is the destruction of their forest and grassland homes.
The continued spread of grey squirrels in the North has had a major impact on our populations of native red squirrels so the work of the Northern Ireland Squirrel Forum is essential.
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