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be (strictly) for the birds
slang To be frustrating, annoying, or pointless. Primarily heard in US, Australia. Driving is strictly for the birds when you live in a big city—unless you like sitting in traffic! I miss my usual shift—night work is for the birds.
See also: bird
In the most literal or precise sense. Strictly speaking, we're not supposed to use the lab after hours, but there's really no way to avoid it.
1. a matter or issue that is all business and no pleasure. This meeting is strictly business. We don't have time for any leisure activity.
2. a person who is very businesslike and does not waste time with nonbusiness matters. Joe is strictly business. I don't think he has a sense of humor. At least I have never seen it.
strictly for the birdsnot worth consideration; unimportant. informal
This expression was originally US army slang. It may be an allusion to the way in which birds eat the droppings of horses and cattle.
strictly ˈspeakingif you are using words or rules in their exact or correct sense: Strictly speaking, nobody under 18 can join this club, but as you are nearly 18... ♢ Strictly speaking, a tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable.
(strictly) from hunger
mod. very strange; acceptable only when nothing else is available. The singer was strictly from hunger.