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bald as a coot

Totally bald. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's bald as a coot.
See also: bald, coot

be as bald as a coot

To be totally bald. My father had long hair as a teen, but now he's as bald as a coot.
See also: bald, coot
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*bald as a coot

 and *bald as a baby's backside
completely bald. (*Also: as ~.) If Tom's hair keeps receding like that, he'll be bald as a coot by the time he's thirty. Fred: Now, I'll admit my hair is thinning a little on the top, butJane: Thinning? You're not thinning, you're as bald as a baby's backside!
See also: bald, coot
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

as bald as a coot

completely bald.
The coot (Fulica atra) has a broad white shield extending up from the base of its bill. The history of the word bald is somewhat obscure, but analogies with other northern European languages suggest a connection with the idea of ‘having a white patch or streak’.
See also: bald, coot
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(as) bald as a ˈcoot

having no hair on your head at all: Why did you buy him a hairbrush? He’s as bald as a coot!
A coot is a black bird with a white patch on its forehead that lives on or near water.
See also: bald, coot
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bald as a coot/billiard ball

Very bald indeed. The coot is a black waterbird whose white bill extends up to the forehead, making it appear to be bald. Indeed, this bird was already being called a balled cote in the thirteenth century. The later simile, to a billiard ball, has been less recorded, but since billiards was already popular in Shakespeare’s day it cannot be of very recent origin.
See also: bald, ball, coot

crazy as a coot/loon

Lunatic behavior. The simile to the water bird dates from the sixteenth century, when John Skelton (Phyllyp Sparowe, 1529) wrote, “the mad coote, with a balde face to toote.” It is not known whether the craziness refers to the bird’s strange behavior in winter, when flocks of coots on a frozen pond sometimes fly wildly at one another, or to the senile behavior of the very old. (See also bald as a coot.) A related ornithological simile is crazy as a loon, probably derived from the weird loud cry of this bird. However, loony for “crazy” comes not from the bird but from lunatic, in turn related to the ancient belief that the phases of the moon (Latin luna) influence human behavior.
See also: coot, crazy, loon

old codger/coot/fogy

Unflattering names for an elderly man. Old codger, dating from the mid-1700s, may imply that he is testy or crusty, whereas old coot, from the mid-1800s, indicates he is silly or ignorant. As for an old fogy, he may be hidebound in tradition. None of these is a desirable epithet, or, as Terrel Bell put it, “There’s only one thing worse than an old fogy, and that’s a young fogy” (commencement address at Longwood College, Virginia, June 17, 1985). A newer and decidedly vulgar synonym is old fart, dating from the first half of the 1900s. Phil Donahue said it of himself on his NBC television show in 1992: “I didn’t always look like an old fart like this.”
See also: codger, coot, fogy, old
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Approximately 853,000 Black Coot were estimated at six study sites during 1989 through 2008, with a mean value of 42,638 birds per year.
Field studies by Lyon and Shizuka, who spied on coots near Williams Lake in British Columbia, show that parasitic chicks are less likely to survive than native chicks.
data), and seroconversion in common coots occurred by midwinter.
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The quiet the lake provides is more than enough reward for the trip, but an occasional big-eyed bullfrog, colorful waterlily or running coot makes the experience that much more worthwhile.
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Unfortunately the grebes fall foul to a cheeky coot, but not before they give Dee a demonstration of their remarkable courtship dance, known as a ``penguin dance''.
Samples from the lungs, liver, and spleen of five diseased birds (one mallard, S-15; three shovelers, S-16, S-18, and S-19; and one coot, S-17) were submitted to the Animal Health Department at the School of Veterinary Medicine of Madrid for microbiologic analysis.
There are enough cameos and inside jokes to carpet the Shrine Auditorium, including a dead-on Oscar show (Glenn Close glides in to announce the nominees for Best Actor, who include Paul Newman in Coot), a bimbotic supermodel (nicely turned by real-life supermodel Shalom Harlow) stopped in her tracks by a dial phone, and resident reactionary Tom Selleck as a gay entertainment reporter who plants a kiss on Kline that makes the Grant-Bergman smooch in Notorious look like a high five.
It will certainly coot off at, some point, but it's still moving very fast now."
So far, the Division of Wildlife Resources established four categories, including pud-dlers, divers, mallards and coot. Hunters must kill each of eight species of divers for the diver band, for example, or seven mallards in a single day to earn the mallard band.