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whirlybird

slang A helicopter. The cops will be sending whirlybirds to track us down, so we'll need to stay hidden in the trees. It's such a shame that the sound of that whirlybird that kept circling above us drowned out the music from the stage.
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whirlybird

n. a helicopter. See that whirlybird up there? It’s timing your speed. Slow down.
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