popinjay


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popinjay

1. an archaic word for parrot
2. the figure of a parrot used as a target
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An Extravaganza" (1839) (Poe 1975: 736-742), the "grinning," "audacious" and sinister-looking principle of Evil is intruding upon the peaceful valley which is perfectly tuned to the cosmic rhythms; the Devil's work--ruin of the burgers' careful observance of the natural rhythms--is anticipated and suggested by his gait: "But what mainly occasioned a righteous indignation was, that the scoundrelly popinjay, while he cut a fandango here, and a whirlygig there, did not seem to have the remotest idea in the world of such a thing as keeping the time in his steps.
Also having fun, and singing very well in the doing so, were Nicola Alaimo as a Falstaffian Belcore, who ignored as best he could Sher's misconceived risor-gimento business, and especially Erwin Schrott as a most atypical Dulcamara--a preening popinjay who seemed forever in search of a mirror.
But he hadn't, became somewhat irritated, and told me to forget it, as Stanley was rubbish and a popinjay only interested in inheriting the throne after Elizabeth.
One day she slips out of the house, following her only friend Popinjay, a curious and colourful little bird, only to find an angry dragon hidden in the forest.
you [Socrates], because you strut like a popinjay through the streets and cast your eyes sideways and, unshod, endure many woes and wear a haughty expression for our sake [my emphasis]
Of course the recipient of this largesse isn't an inspector at all, rather a preening popinjay, a childish fantasist played with utter and joyous conviction by Trenchard who pouts, cavorts, tickles the ivories and nips off with the show's second half in his back pocket.
Mallon presents all of these people with great tenderness, with the possible exception of Richardson, the preening popinjay who, appropriately, likes to paint birds and whose pride in his own rectitude enables him to escape the catastrophe for a life on the rubber-chicken circuit.
There was clearly a strong attraction, despite Dudley looking like a preening popinjay.
Morton's victory in shooting at the popinjay becomes a public rite of passage.
It was another Joe, Joe Popinjay, who, thirty yards ahead of me, was trying to keep his seat on a neurastenic bucking roan" (187-88).
Pearce, Rabbit Hot, Rabbit Cold, Chronicles of a Vanishing Australian Community, Canberra, Popinjay, 1991, p.
Meanwhile, in a separate move, Ferguson is part of a consortium about to clinch a deal for the Popinjay Hotel in the Clyde Valley, near his Lanarkshire mansion.