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(not) a dicky bird

(Not) anything at all. We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery. We heard not a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—they were quiet as can be.
See also: bird, dicky


obsolete An undergarment worn beneath a petticoat. A respectable lady never goes out without a dickey!


1. adjective, slang In poor condition; unwell. Primarily heard in UK. Tom said he was feeling a little dicky today, so he might be a bit late getting into work. A: "Would you like some eggs and sausages for breakfast?" B: "No thanks, I've got a bit of a dicky tummy this morning."
2. adjective, slang Functioning poorly or improperly. Primarily heard in UK. It looks like a dicky carburettor is to blame for your engine troubles.
3. noun, slang A shirt. The term comes from rhyming slang in which "dicky" is short for "dicky dirt," which rhymes with "shirt." Primarily heard in UK. You don't even have your dicky on yet? Come on, man, it's almost time to leave!

dicky dirt

slang A shirt. The phrase comes from rhyming slang in which "dicky dirt" rhymes with "shirt." Primarily heard in UK. You don't even have your dicky dirt on yet? Come on, man, it's almost time to leave!
See also: dicky, dirt


vulgar slang One who performs fellatio. A homophobic slur often used to show general disdain for a male, regardless of his sexual orientation.

not hear a dicky bird

To not hear or receive any sound, utterance, or item of communication. ("Dicky bird" is sometimes hyphenated.) We haven't heard a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—I think one of us should go check on them.
See also: bird, dicky, hear, not

not say a dicky bird

To not say or communicate anything at all. ("Dicky bird" is sometimes hyphenated.) We've had him detained for four hours, but he won't say a dicky bird to us about his involvement in the robbery.
See also: bird, dicky, not, say
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not a dicky bird

not a word; nothing at all. informal
Dicky bird is rhyming slang for ‘word’.
1988 Glenn Patterson Burning Your Own Sammy put his ear to where he thought its heart ought to be: not a dickybird.
See also: bird, dicky, not
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not say/hear a ˈdicky bird

(British English, informal) say/hear nothing: Don’t look at me! I didn’t say a dicky bird.We haven’t heard a dicky bird from her for weeks.This idiom is from rhyming slang, in which dicky bird stands for ‘word’.
See also: bird, dicky, hear, not, say
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n. someone who performs oral sex on the penis, usually a homosexual male. (Rude and derogatory.) One of the dicky-lickers started staring at me.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Contact Dickies on tel 01761 410732 or visit www.dickiesworkwear.com
Dickies boatyard in Bangor will remain open - Pwllheli will close
Managing director Peter Dickie said the shift action will safeguard a large proportion of jobs at its two key locations at Porth Penrhyn, Bangor and Swanwick Marina, Southampton.
The Dickies catalog is available to view at http://dk.uniformmarket.com.
If Dickies' jobs are kept, and their site is developed, it will increase the appeal of the area to everyone."
Other Dickies' dealerships are based in Pwllheli, Swansea, Brighton, Southampton, Newcastle and Plymouth
After the gang left, he claimed Dickie turned to the family and said: "That's how easy it is.
Steele Jnr, 24, told the court how Dickie's friend, Kevin Smith, beat him up as he walked home from watching the Rangers v Celtic CIS Insurance Cup final last May.
The announcement that Dickies had won the Beneteau World's Top Dealer award for 2004 was made at a gala dinner and ceremony for more than 600 people at the inaugural Beneteau world conference in Cannes.
Headquartered in Bangor, Dickies has other offices and dealerships in Pwllheli, Swansea, Plymouth, Portsmouth, Newcastle, Jersey and Brighton as well as a department which goes out to clients.
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The new Dickies FR work-wear includes twill jackets, coveralls as well as straight fit pants in Navy blue, button down shirts in either Navy or Khaki, a snap-front long sleeve shirt in Khaki and blue denim carpenter jeans are also in the line.
One of the challenges that faced Dickies,as it sought to develop in a highly competitive marketplace over the past five years,has been the need to raise its profile, nationally and at a European level.