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culture vulture

Someone who has an avid interest in the arts. Helen is quite the culture vulture. She attends the theater at least once a month.
See also: culture, vulture

the vultures are circling

Someone or something is facing imminent difficulty, failure, or ruin. The vultures have been circling for so long that I don't really remember what it's like to not be on the verge of bankruptcy. As the economy continues to struggle, the vultures are circling for many small businesses around the country. Many sports pundits believe the vultures are circling for the team's beleaguered head coach.
See also: circle, vulture
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culture vulture

someone whom one considers to be excessively interested in the (classical) arts. She won't go to a funny film. She's a real culture vulture. They watch only highbrow television. They're culture vultures.
See also: culture, vulture
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

culture vulture

An individual with a consuming or excessive interest in the arts. For example, A relentless culture vulture, she dragged her children to every museum in town. This slangy term may have been originated by Ogden Nash, who wrote: "There is a vulture Who circles above The carcass of culture" ( Free Wheeling, 1931). [1940s]
See also: culture, vulture
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.

culture vulture

a person who is very interested in the arts, especially to an obsessive degree.
The image of a vulture here is of a greedy and often undiscriminating eater.
See also: culture, vulture
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


1. n. an avid supporter of the arts. Many culture-vultures seem to be long on enthusiasm and short on taste.
2. n. someone who exploits the arts for monetary gain. Some culture-vultures are throwing a wine and cheese party on behalf of some of the young dolts they have grubstaked.
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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