be (as) sick as a parrot

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be (as) sick as a parrot

To be thoroughly displeased, disappointed, or dejected (about something). Primarily heard in UK. Tim was as sick as a parrot when he learned that he had been passed over for the promotion. I'm delighted that my children have such wonderful opportunities abroad, but I must say I've been sick as a parrot at the thoughts of being separated from them for so long.
See also: parrot, sick
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CHEEKY Mark Croft hopes ex Kerry Katona will be sick as a parrot after he bought a talking bird to taunt her.
Anyone who backed Lewis Hamilton (right) last week has every right to be sick as a parrot after hearing the news that he wasn't off a yard, but he's 3/1 to break his duck in Canada.