strange bird


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strange bird

A rather unusual, strange, eccentric, or peculiar person. His new girlfriend is nice enough, but she's a bit of a strange bird, don't you think?
See also: bird, strange

strange bird

verb
See also: bird, strange
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In the open space between the clouds and the black, bubbling sea far beneath, could be seen an occasional strange bird winging its way swiftly through the air.
He said that it might be the calling of a strange bird.
A strange bird is hatched sometimes in a nest in an unaccountable way and then the fate of such a bird is bound to be ill-defined, uncertain, questionable.
He curled himself up in his chair, with his thin knees drawn up to his hawk-like nose, and there he sat with his eyes closed and his black clay pipe thrusting out like the bill of some strange bird.
The soldiers had trapped strange birds, and there was an examination.
After this season of congealed dampness came a spell of dry frost, when strange birds from behind the North Pole began to arrive silently on the upland of Flintcomb-Ash; gaunt spectral creatures with tragical eyes--eyes which had witnessed scenes of cataclysmal horror in inaccessible polar regions of a magnitude such as no human being had ever conceived, in curdling temperatures that no man could endure; which had beheld the crash of icebergs and the slide of snow-hills by the shooting light of the Aurora; been half blinded by the whirl of colossal storms and terraqueous distortions; and retained the expression of feature that such scenes had engendered.
It was Budge's book on Egyptian hieroglyphics, with colored plates of strange birds and gods, and even as he rushed past, he was conscious of something odd about the fact that this, and not any work of military science, should be open in that place at that moment.
This is why when a strange bird (read, hunter) suddenly appears at their roost site and unleashes a barrage of unfamiliar vocalizations, birds often become nervous and exit stage left as soon as they hit the ground.
Scientists saw this in action on one of the Galapagos islands when a strange bird flew into town and bred with one of the natives to create a hybrid species.
At least it's not some strange bird, says one of the younger ones.
40) have proven form in the conditions, and I prefer handicap debutant Twenty Eight Guns to the fully exposed bottomweight Strange Bird.
One day, Kara is lured by a strange bird into a forbidden forest called the Thickety.
He wanted to know the identity of the strange bird seen in his trout pool.
My mother thinks I'm a strange bird, because she who dreads getting onboard a plane would spawn someone fascinated by airports and thrilled by flight.
One presents a strange bird, its beak latched onto a subject's forearm.