like a martin to his/its gourd

like a martin to his/its gourd

dated, colloquial A reference to the purple martin, a type of swallow that often nest in hollowed-out gourds provided by humans. Primarily heard in US.
1. Very fast in a straight line. He stepped in the door and walked over to the bar like a martin to his gourd.
2. Quickly, directly, and intuitively. I wasn't sure Sarah would be cut out for carpentry, but she took to it like a martin to its gourd.
See also: gourd, like, martin
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