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ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

Is very foolish or lacking common sense. Jimmy almost crossed the street without looking up from his cell phone. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel!
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ground squirrel

A burrowing rodent of the squirrel family more commonly known as a gopher. You can really tell that spring is here when the ground squirrels start coming out again.
See also: ground, squirrel


A louse that has infested clothing or linens. Typically used in the plural. No way am I staying in such a crappy motel! Their beds are probably crawling with seam-squirrels! Our uniforms were so thoroughly infested with seam-squirrels that there was nothing left to do but burn them.

squirrel around

1. To move erratically from place to place. We squirreled around trying to find a doctor in the resort who could help us.
2. To writhe or squirm in an erratic manner. The dog was squirreling around in my arms as I tried to give it the vaccination. The suspect squirreled around in his chair during the interview, obviously nervous.
3. Of thoughts or emotions, to occur or jumble in an erratic or chaotic manner. I get so many anxious thoughts squirreling around in my head at night that I find it hard to fall asleep.
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squirrel away

To hide, reserve, or hoard something for future use. A noun or pronoun can be used between "squirrel" and "away." I've been squirreling away a little bit of money each so that I can afford a trip to Spain next summer. It turns out she'd been squirreling office supplies away in the filing cabinet near her desk. The company has been accused of squirreling away huge amounts of customers' data, which it then implemented into its advertising algorithms across its various platforms.
See also: away, squirrel

squirrel food

slang One or more nuts. Squirrel food makes for a great a snack when you're on a high-protein, low-carb diet.
See also: food, squirrel

squirrel out of (something)

1. To squirm, wiggle, or squeeze out of something. The cat managed to squirrel out of its cage at the veterinarian's office. Our toddler thinks it's hilarious to squirrel out of his diaper.
2. To avoid or escape from some situation, obligation, or responsibility through sly or devious means. Oh no, you're not squirreling out of doing the dishes this time! I tried to squirrel out of going to the party, but my husband is guilt-tripping me into coming with him.
See also: of, out, squirrel
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ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel

 and ain't got the sense God gave geese
Rur. is or are very foolish. There goes John, running around barefooted in the snow. He ain't got the brains God gave a squirrel. No use trying to explain anything to Jane. She ain't got the sense God gave geese.
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squirrel something away

Fig. to hide something or store something in the way that a squirrel stores nuts for use in the winter. I squirreled a little money away for an occasion such as this. Liz squirreled away a lot of money while she was working.
See also: away, squirrel
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

squirrel away

Hide or store, as in She squirreled away her savings in at least four different banks. This expression alludes to the squirrel's habit of hiding nuts and acorns in the ground. [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.

squirrel away

To hide or store something: They have been squirreling away money in an offshore bank account. The children were squirreling candy away in their rooms.
See also: away, squirrel
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


n. lice. (see also pants rabbits. Contrived.) I got an itch. Must be seam-squirrels.


1. n. a strange or eccentric person. Martin can be such a squirrel.
2. n. a car engine’s horsepower. (Usually plural.) I got 440 squirrels and a gaggle of carburetors.

squirrel out of something

in. to wiggle out of something; to manage to extricate oneself from a situation one does not wish to be in. He will do anything he can to squirrel out of going to the dance.
See also: of, out, something, squirrel

squirrel something away

tv. to hide something in reserve. Here is some food. I squirreled it away in my suitcase.
See also: away, something, squirrel


n. a nut; a loony person. The driver of the car—squirrel-food, for sure—just sat there smiling. Some squirrel-food came over and asked for a sky hook.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Next morning she ventured back to the nut-bushes to look for him; but the other unkind squirrels drove her away.
WHEN Timmy and Goody Tiptoes came to the nut thicket, they found other squirrels were there already.
Squirrels who bury their nuts in the ground lose more than half, because they cannot remember the place.
BUT when the other squirrels heard that song, they rushed upon Timmy Tiptoes and cuffed and scratched him, and upset his bag of nuts.
It may sound a bit nuts - but black squirrels are the result of the grey squirrel interbreeding, a study suggests.
The Lower Nithsdale Red Squirrel Group is seeking volunteers to take part in a scheme to trap noon native greys, in the town.
An attempt is underway to try and curb speeding on a Stirling area rural road in a bid to save the red squirrel population there.
"The Lancashire Wildlife Trust needs to spend more time and money making red squirrel habitats safer and more accessible for them to move around to breed and not taking a cruel option of killing other wildlife."
Summary: Wisconsin [USA], February 6 (ANI): Squirrels are cute, and one flying type of squirrel also turns pink.
First, we need to look at the big squirrel picture.
It's a flying squirrel, a most unusual member of the rodent family.
dissertation was on the complexity of squirrel behaviour
A THIRD case of squirrel pox has been confirmed in Gwynedd, raising further concerns that the red squirrel colony on Anglesey could be wiped out.
By ROZ LAWS Features Writer roz.laws@trinitymirror.com TV presenter Ben Shephard has caused an outrage after eating SQUIRREL live on air.