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yardbird

1. slang A chicken. Primarily heard in US. Uncle Tom has a yardbird in the smoker, if you want to come round and join us for supper later.
2. dated slang An inexperienced or untrained soldier, especially one who is assigned menial tasks, such as cleaning. Primarily heard in US. They always give the worst jobs to us yardbirds.
3. dated slang Someone who is lacking formal training or education in some field, profession, or activity. Primarily heard in US. I somehow landed a job teaching at a local community college. But I always felt like a bit of a yardbird there compared to the men and women with fancy degrees.
4. dated slang A hobo. Primarily heard in US. Last I heard from him, he was riding boxcars around the Pacific Northwest with some yardbirds.
5. dated slang A convict or prisoner. Primarily heard in US. Keep an eye on that one, Steve. He always acts suspicious when he's out with the other yardbirds. Makes me think that he's up to something.

yardbird

1. n. a convict. Who’s the yardbird with the headphones on his noodle?
2. n. an inept soldier. (Military.) How many of you yardbirds would like to go home in one piece?
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It was just 40 years ago in 1963 that McCarty and his fellow Yardbirds got together in Richmond - initially as the Metropolitan Blues Quartet - and played local dates before replacing The Rolling Stones at London's Studio 51.
Yardbird also makes its own doughnuts and is showcasing a cocktail menu that will feature house "hard shakes" - blends of specialist liquors and traditional milk shake ingredients.
"It was a choice of coming here or going to Limerick with Charlie Yardbird and it's a case of the more rain, the better.
Charlie Yardbird is a nice horse and jumping will be his game."
HRH of The Dirty Old Folkers, who |play at The Yardbird on Sunday
Clearly jazz needs a summer holiday, because the live gigs start to dry up over the next few weeks, though nobody seems to have told trumpeter Ray Butcher about the vacation concept, so he continues to fill The Yardbird's Thursday evening jazz slot for the next few weeks, with a particularly special player on the compact stage this evening.
They will be appearing on Thursday at The Yardbird Jazz Club in Birmingham and it has been operating a committed live policy since it opened in 2007.
Stablemate Yardbird reverts to novice company - after wins in handicap chases at Wincanton and Newbury - in the April Novices' Chase, taking on Napolitain and Unleash, who has not run since his third behind Darkness and Iris's Gift in a Grade 2 event at Newbury in November.
He entertained a large crowd at The Yardbird with his biggest hit to date, Elusive.
More at bearwoodjazz.co.uk In the city centre, drummer Miles Levin leads his band at the Yardbird, in Paradise Place.
The quintet's line-up at Birmingham's Yardbird on Thursday will also feature trumpeter Gethin Liddington, pianist Paul Jones, bassman Chris O'Connor and drumming brother Mark O'Connor.
Paddy Brennan reached a seasonal 50 with the first leg of a treble on Pseudonym in the juvenile handicap hurdle, which was followed up by Yardbird in the handicap chase and later by Midas Way in the novice hurdle.
Music fans packed into seven city centre venues to see and hear performances by emerging talent as well as established headline artists including Ivor Novello award-winning singersongwriter Scott Matthews at The Yardbird and a set by urban wordsmith Polarbear at The Sunflower Lounge.
You can book tickets already, although, apart from the fact that comperes will be Gilles Petersen and Craig Charles, and Birmingham Jazz and the Yardbird will have a hand in programming a stage for part of the festival, you won't know who's appearing.
The afternoon did not start well for the Alan King--Robert Thornton combination with 1-3 chance Senorita Rumbalita failing to deliver, but they soon put matters right with victories for Pretty Star and Yardbird.