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). 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.
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