not a dicky bird(redirected from not hear a dickey-bird)
not (hear) a dicky bird
To not hear, say, or receive a sound, utterance, or item of communication. ("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. We haven't heard a dicky-bird out of the kids all night—I think one of us should go check on them.
not a dicky birdnot 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.