Get the bird



verb phrase

To be greeted with catcalls, hisses, boos, etc

[1922+ Vaudeville; fr the fancied attack by big birds, ”hissing geese,” when a show is radically disliked, a notion found by 1825; the form get the big bird is found by 1886]

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