(not) a dicky bird

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(not) a dicky bird

(Not) anthing at all. We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery. We heard not a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—they were quiet as can be.
See also: bird, dicky

not a dicky bird

not a word; nothing at all. informal
Dicky bird is rhyming slang for ‘word’.
1988 Glenn Patterson Burning Your Own Sammy put his ear to where he thought its heart ought to be: not a dickybird.
See also: bird, dicky, not
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But despite his effort, Dave Roster has yet to hear a dicky-bird about the whereabouts of beloved African grey, Archie.
I loathe the idea of taking pleasure in killing but don't understand the furore over the moderate number of foxes killed each year when the Dogs Trust tells us a healthy dog is killed every hour in Britain and no one says a dicky-bird.