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flip (one) the bird

To raise the middle finger (a rude gesture of anger or displeasure) at one. What are you flipping me the bird for, I didn't even say anything insulting! I flipped my brother the bird after he said that he'd never seen a worse basketball player than me.
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flip someone the bird

stick your middle finger up at someone as a sign of contempt or anger. US informal
1994 Washington Post Magazine We could simultaneously honour America, break the law and flip the bird to all the do-gooders.
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flip/give/shoot somebody the ˈbird

(American English, slang) make a rude sign at somebody with your middle finger
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flip someone the bird

tv. to give someone the finger; to display the digitus impudicus to someone. Max flipped the cop the bird—and that was just the wrong thing to do.
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And since revenge is a dish best served in print where everybody can read it, this month I'm flipping the bird at the bird--Road Runner, that is.
And he punctuated the remark by jamming one arm into the crook of the other, and jerking that other arm up, which was his way of flipping the bird to all those wispy, over-refined dandies who insist on spelling words, you know, correctly.
So promoters hired people in 10 cities to put up small circuit boards around town that, when lit, display Mooninites flipping the bird.
Imagine a geisha playing electric guitar, or a koto performer flipping the bird.
Love sat on stage, sprawled in a chair, chain-smoking, cursing and flipping the bird as she defended her pal Pam from hilarious insults.
Add to this a short fuse, a strong tendency towards flipping the bird, and an overwhelming compulsion to honk the horn, and you more or less get the picture.
Her flipping the bird onstage was a sign that she was firmly in satire mode but it also underlined her discomfort that night.
Mark says: "I'm angry because Carrie should be here now, looking forward to the next one, flipping the bird and making me laugh.