shoot (one) the bird

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shoot (one) the bird

To raise the middle finger (a rude gesture of anger or displeasure) at one. The phrase "flip (one) the bird" is also commonly used. What are you shooting me the bird for, I didn't even say anything insulting! I shot my brother the bird after he said that he'd never seen a worse basketball player than me.
See also: bird, shoot

flip/give/shoot somebody the ˈbird

(American English, slang) make a rude sign at somebody with your middle finger
See also: bird, flip, give, shoot, somebody
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I tried to shoot the bird, but my aim was so bad that I could not do her this mercy, and at last she flew away, and I saw her no more.
It happened around 9am in Humber Avenue, but as yet it remains unknown what kind of gun was used to shoot the bird.
But if you want a dog to hold its points until you arrive and shoot the bird, if you want it to return promptly on whistle and voice commands, if you want it to slam on the brakes when you give it the command "whoa," then it's up to you to train that into him.
Lesley via e-mail 6 Fiona, regarding your horrific plan to murder the majestic, if slightly annoying, magpies; may I suggest that when you hand your husband an air gun to shoot the bird with the rattling cackle, that you take cover...
The judge accused a 21-year-old man of trying to shoot the bird and says he has to stay away from the duck and his owner.
I ran for the gun, knowing I had to shoot the bird,
Yes, you can always shoot the bird again--if you can get within shotgun range before the bird gets away.
Meanwhile, a friend with a gun should allow the bird to fly away some-what and then shoot the bird. If pup breaks, catch pup before he can retrieve the bird and drag him back to where he was when you blew the whistle.
A great dove meal begins in the field, as soon as you shoot the birds. An early September dove hunt can be a pretty warm event.
Are we to pay gunmen to come in and shoot the birds? ghis would also fail as after two shots the gulls would fly to another area of town as they did when the council brought in hawks on a previous occasion.
Crofters cannot shoot the birds until they have exhausted other methods, and there is no estimate of the number of ravens (enough for a Hitchcock film, I'd say).
While holding their phones up over their heads, players must shoot the birds down and bump up their scores.
The committee previously ruled out a proposal to shoot the birds or drug them.
Bedfordshire Police said yesterday the Crown Prosecution Service had decided to discontinue the case against the trio after ammunition allegedly used to shoot the birds was lost.
Livestock farmer David Bowe is so exasperated with the invasion that he has applied for an out-of-season licence to shoot the birds, but he fears an individual approach will only result in moving the problem elsewhere ( if it is granted in time.