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be (strictly) for the birds

slang To be frustrating, annoying, or pointless. Primarily heard in US, Australia. Driving is strictly for the birds when you live in a big city—unless you like sitting in traffic! I miss my usual shift—night work is for the birds.
See also: bird

strictly speaking

In the most literal or precise sense. Strictly speaking, we're not supposed to use the lab after hours, but there's really no way to avoid it.
See also: speaking, strictly

strictly business

1. a matter or issue that is all business and no pleasure. This meeting is strictly business. We don't have time for any leisure activity.
2. a person who is very businesslike and does not waste time with nonbusiness matters. Joe is strictly business. I don't think he has a sense of humor. At least I have never seen it.
See also: business, strictly

strictly for the birds

not worth consideration; unimportant. informal
This expression was originally US army slang. It may be an allusion to the way in which birds eat the droppings of horses and cattle.
See also: bird, strictly

strictly ˈspeaking

if you are using words or rules in their exact or correct sense: Strictly speaking, nobody under 18 can join this club, but as you are nearly 18...Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable.
See also: speaking, strictly

(strictly) from hunger

mod. very strange; acceptable only when nothing else is available. The singer was strictly from hunger.
See also: hunger, strictly
References in classic literature ?
On the other hand, the acutest observer by examining the dead body of the water-ouzel would never have suspected its sub-aquatic habits; yet this anomalous member of the strictly terrestrial thrush family wholly subsists by diving,--grasping the stones with its feet and using its wings under water.
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THE head of ITV has accused the BBC of deliberately scheduling clashes between Strictly Come Dancing and the X Factor.
THE BBC treats the scheduling clash between Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor as a "game", the head of ITV has claimed.
Sir Bruce Forsyth made more than PS6million from hosting Strictly Come Dancing, it has emerged.
COOMBE Abbey Hotel's June Picken is taking to the dance oor for charity by competing in Strictly Coventry 2015.
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