give someone the bird

give someone the bird

mainly AMERICAN
1. If someone gives you the bird, they make a rude and offensive gesture with one hand, with their middle finger pointing up and their other fingers bent over in a fist. Chip took a break from telling various adoring females how beautiful their eyes were to surreptitiously give Alex the bird.
2. If an audience gives an entertainer or sports player the bird, they shout at them to show their disapproval of them. He made a couple of mistakes and the crowd immediately gave him the bird. Note: You can also say that the entertainer or sports player gets the bird. Eddie had once been top of the bill. And then one evening, he got the bird.
See also: bird, give

give someone (or get) the bird

boo or jeer at someone (or be booed or jeered at). British informal
This phrase first appeared in early 19th-century theatrical slang as the big bird , meaning ‘a goose’. This was because the hissing of geese could be compared to the audience's hissing at an act or actor of which it disapproved.
See also: bird, give
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