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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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Some preening popinjays have launched wars with hard-working chief constables, others are obsessed with self-serving statements, and many have shown an utter lack of policing knowledge.
There's always John Podhoretz, the ferociously bellicose neocon who makes Patton and Rommel sound like popinjays when he thunders away, urging Uncle Sam to attack and crush his enemies wherever they might be hiding.
Like many in the community, Minister Rajab is tired of the way that the international media, UN and foreign government popinjays and shrill media critics ignore what the government is doing and its pledges to reform.
Richardson, The Popinjays (Ripponden: Pennine, 2000), 92, in his invective against this family, defines Anthony as "a mass of contradiction," who could hardly balance his ascetism and courtly life.
The political irony should not be overlooked; the "men of substance," who viewed members of the CPP as "the flotsam and jetsam and the popinjays of the country" started to appeal directly to the masses.
David Cameron and Gideon Osborne and the other gilded Brideshead Revisited Bullingdon Club, wing-collared, popinjays of the Conservative Party have never known a day's hardship in their lives.
Elsewhere James and JJ, a pair of bleached-blond Sloaney popinjays engaged in a perpetually high-fiving bromance with each other, continued to push their ridiculous idea of serving picnic food in a cafe.
It is a study, too, of three stultified, small-minded, introverted courts (there were 63 grades of military officer in the Berlin court and 287 chamberlains at the Russian court) and of the rare insights and frequent blunders with which court intriguers and uniformed popinjays intervened in diplomacy, social unrest, the arms race and the armed forces.
But every true Red knows the importance of sweeping aside Real Madrid, and bloodying the nose of the popinjays down the East Lancs Road, not least when they stand poised on the edge of an achievement which was even beyond us in our heyday.
This expanding group of preening, prancing popinjays includes 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here' contestants, duff rock stars and soap actors.
I bet it did, but at least someone around the Crown Jewels had the brass orbs to suggest it among the brown-nosers and mincing popinjays (Definitions: the figure of a parrot fixed on a pole as a mark to shoot at...