| Share
 

Pick Straws

(To). To show fatigue or weariness, as birds pick up straws to make their nests (or bed).

Their eyelids did not once pick straws,
And wink, and sink away;
No, no; they were as brisk as bees,
And loving things did say.

Peter Pindar: Orson and Ellen, canto v.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Pick Straws from Infoplease:

  • Pick Straws - Pick Straws (To). To show fatigue or weariness, as birds pick up straws to make their nests (or ...
  • Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: P - Definitions, origins, and illustrative excerpts for words, phases, and literary allusions starting with "P"

Related Content


24 X 7

Private Tutor

Click Here for Details
24 x 7 Tutor Availability
Unlimited Online Tutoring
1-on-1 Tutoring