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bald as a coot

Totally bald. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's bald as a coot.
See also: bald, coot

be as bald as a coot

To be totally bald. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's as bald as a coot.
See also: bald, coot

*bald as a coot

 and *bald as a baby's backside
completely bald. (*Also: as ~.) If Tom's hair keeps receding like that, he'll be bald as a coot by the time he's thirty. Fred: Now, I'll admit my hair is thinning a little on the top, butJane: Thinning? You're not thinning, you're as bald as a baby's backside!
See also: bald, coot

as bald as a coot

completely bald.
The coot (Fulica atra) has a broad white shield extending up from the base of its bill. The history of the word bald is somewhat obscure, but analogies with other northern European languages suggest a connection with the idea of ‘having a white patch or streak’.
See also: bald, coot

(as) bald as a ˈcoot

having no hair on your head at all: Why did you buy him a hairbrush? He’s as bald as a coot!
A coot is a black bird with a white patch on its forehead that lives on or near water.
See also: bald, coot

bald as a coot/billiard ball

Very bald indeed. The coot is a black waterbird whose white bill extends up to the forehead, making it appear to be bald. Indeed, this bird was already being called a balled cote in the thirteenth century. The later simile, to a billiard ball, has been less recorded, but since billiards was already popular in Shakespeare’s day it cannot be of very recent origin.
See also: bald, ball, coot

crazy as a coot/loon

Lunatic behavior. The simile to the water bird dates from the sixteenth century, when John Skelton (Phyllyp Sparowe, 1529) wrote, “the mad coote, with a balde face to toote.” It is not known whether the craziness refers to the bird’s strange behavior in winter, when flocks of coots on a frozen pond sometimes fly wildly at one another, or to the senile behavior of the very old. (See also bald as a coot.) A related ornithological simile is crazy as a loon, probably derived from the weird loud cry of this bird. However, loony for “crazy” comes not from the bird but from lunatic, in turn related to the ancient belief that the phases of the moon (Latin luna) influence human behavior.
See also: coot, crazy, loon

old codger/coot/fogy

Unflattering names for an elderly man. Old codger, dating from the mid-1700s, may imply that he is testy or crusty, whereas old coot, from the mid-1800s, indicates he is silly or ignorant. As for an old fogy, he may be hidebound in tradition. None of these is a desirable epithet, or, as Terrel Bell put it, “There’s only one thing worse than an old fogy, and that’s a young fogy” (commencement address at Longwood College, Virginia, June 17, 1985). A newer and decidedly vulgar synonym is old fart, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Phil Donahue said it of himself on his NBC television show in 1992: “I didn’t always look like an old fart like this.”
See also: codger, coot, fogy, old
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Families vary greatly in how and how much they collaborate and participate in schooling activities (e.g., Coots, 1998; Herman & Thompson, 1995; Hoover-Dempsey & Sandler, 1997; Neely-Barnes & Marcenko, 2004).
The feeding ecology of American coots has also been studied by Texas A&M University and the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL).
SWEET COOT OVER RICE INGREDIENTS: 10 to 15 coots breasts 1 1/2 cup Sweet Baby Rays Original BBQ sauce 1 cup teriyaki sauce 3 cloves garlic minced 1/2 cup spicy buffalo wing sauce 2 cups brown sugar 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce Season with salt and pepper 6 cups white rice 5 cups coconut milk 12 ounce can pineapple, divided 1 package of scallions DIRECTIONS: I prefer to remove the innards of coots and let them hang for three to four days before breasting for maximum flavor and tenderness.
During an interview with Sunday Night, an Australian program, in 2013, Coots said that he would not accept medical help if he is bitten during service.
Stockholders of Boots & Coots will receive USD3.00 for each common share held, comprised of USD1.73 in cash and USD1.27 in Halliburton common stock, subject to election, pro-ration features and an exchange ratio based on the company's five-day average share price before closing.
Shares in Boots & Coots closed at $2.35, down about 1.3 percent.
Often called marsh hens or mud hens, the 16-inch long American coots are known for their territorial and noisy, cantankerous habits.
The quiet the lake provides is more than enough reward for the trip, but an occasional big-eyed bullfrog, colorful waterlily or running coot makes the experience that much more worthwhile.
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Many ducklings can also be seen - there are shellducks, coots and common ducks in the Bay.
The species most affected were coots (Fulica atra) (26.9%), shovelers (Anas clypeata) (25.1%), and mallards (Anas platyrrhynchos) (13.8%).
Coots are brave fighters and only back down when they are well and truly beaten.
The former president and publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram teamed up with John Coots, who was president of Cap Cities' New England Newspaper Group from 1980 to 1994, to create Lionheart, a "diversified newspaper operation."
US oilfield services firm Halliburton (NYSE:HAL) announced last Friday it entered into agreement to take over Boots & Coots (AMEX:WEL), a US provider of pressure control services for the oil industry, for USD240m (EUR176m) in stock and cash.
A long the way people can expect to see coots, moorhens, seabirds and, if they are very lucky, elusive water voles.