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for the birds

slang Worthless, stupid, or completely undesirable. Driving is for the birds when you live in a big city—unless you like sitting in traffic! I miss my usual shift—night work is for the birds.
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for the birds

worthless; undesirable. This television program is for the birds. Winter weather is for the birds.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

for the birds

Worthless, not to be taken seriously, no good. For example, This conference is for the birds-let's leave now. This term has been said to allude to horse droppings from which birds would extract seeds. This seemingly fanciful theory is borne out by a more vulgar version of this idiom, shit for the birds. [Slang; first half of 1900s]
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

for the birds

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
If something is for the birds, it is stupid, boring, or has no value. This journal business is for the birds. It's a waste of time. This idea that everybody can go to college and pay it off by public service is for the birds. Note: This expression refers to horse manure, which is of use only to small birds in search of nest material or food such as seeds.
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(strictly) for the ˈbirds

(informal) not important or interesting: Fishing? That’s strictly for the birds, if you ask me.
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for the birds

mod. undesirable. I don’t like this kind of life. It’s for the birds.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

for the birds

Objectionable or worthless.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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