FOR THE BIRDS – American Idiom Lesson

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What does the idiom, FOR THE BIRDS mean? When something is FOR THE BIRDS, then it is uninteresting, dull, or stupid. We use the structure, [something] is for the birds. Keep in mind, we use this idiom to describe things, not people!

  • That movie was for the birds, don’t bother seeing it.
  • Yeah, I read that book. It was for the birds.
  • The carnival had an attraction called “The Snake-man,” but it was for the birds.

Be careful! Sometimes I hear English learners use this idiom incorrectly, by adding “for me” or “to me” like…”That movie was for the birds for me” or “That movie was for the birds to me.”

But, you do not need to mention yourself like that. When you say that someting is for the birds, we know that it is your opinion and we know how you feel!

Have you see a movie read a book, or gone to an attraction recently that was for the birds?

If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not help them out! Just share this lesson with them. Thanks for studying today!




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