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a box of birds

In good spirits or health. Used in the phrase "be a box of birds." Once she's had some time to cheer up, she'll be a box of birds again, don't worry. Boy, you're a real box of birds today! Did you get back together with Jeff or something? Molly seems like a box of birds today—she must be over the flu.
See also: bird, box, of
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a box of birds

NEW ZEALAND, INFORMAL
If a person or animal is a box of birds, they are very healthy. He described the dogs as a box of birds.
See also: bird, box, of
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The title comes from the box of birds she and her young children bring onto their boat.
You don't say; by gum, John must be sharp as a box of birds.
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