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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 for the birds

slang Worthless, stupid, or completely undesirable. 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 strictly for the birds.
See also: bird, 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
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