be (strictly) for the birds

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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
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I took this for a thoughtful homage to John Cage, who used to say, "I am for the birds, not for the cages in which people sometimes place them.