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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

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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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.
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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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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 ?
Sometimes I think p'raps I'm a bird, or a fox, or a rabbit, or a squirrel, or even a beetle, an' I don't know it.
No trace, however, of the squirrel could be discovered.
Maston grieved much for the loss of his poor squirrel, and proposed to add its case to that of other martyrs to science.
Since the grey squirrel colonised, red squirrels have largely vanished from Wales.
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.
The money will be provided by the Heritage Lottery and EU Life Plus funds, as part of a UK wide project aimed at reducing populations of grey squirrels and educating the public about red squirrel conservation.
Sightings of red squirrels in the immediate woodland surrounding the house at Wallington Hall fell to an all-time low of just one a month back in 2011 after grey squirrels moved on to the estate, bringing the deadly squirrel pox virus with them.
Former police neighbourhood investigating officer Glen started working on the red squirrel project in 2012, co-ordinating grey squirrel control and monitoring the numbers of both reds and greys for two months on behalf of Red Squirrels Northern England.
Squirrels have been one of the most popular hunting targets in Mississippi since settlers in the 1700s discovered Choctaw, Chickasaw, and Natchez Indians stalking the bushytailed creatures.
WITH their big bushy tails and cute little faces, everyone loves our woodlands friends the red squirrels.
org/go-nuts 19, faCTfilE s | | Squirrels are rodents in the Sciuridae family.
EFFORTS to save endangered red squirrels are set to receive a PS1.
Now Rulon Clark and his team at San Diego State University are exploring the puzzle of why the squirrels also seem to taunt rocks, sticks and the occasional shrub.
Over- hunting of Delmarva fox squirrels may have also played a role in the species' decline.
RED squirrels at a National Trust reserve in Merseyside have shown signs of resistance to the pox virus that has blighted the species, say researchers.