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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.
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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.
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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.
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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

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.
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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.
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squirrel something away

tv. to hide something in reserve. Here is some food. I squirreled it away in my suitcase.
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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.