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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Bourdieu uses gender as an example of the lines drawn by such rites, and the popinjay contest obviously does not pertain to women, a distinction underscored by Scott's satiric treatment of Lady Margaret competing for her "right of rank in leaving the field" after the wappen-schaw (Old Mortality 24).
The popinjay seems to embody two distinct and separate ways in which a man might come into contact with--and therefore be weakened or contaminated by--a woman: directly in the bed or indirectly by adopting feminin manners or appearance.
I am afraid Sam will be a magnet for those who would like to take a pop at him in a pub or club, 'tis the price to pay for being, well, frankly, a shameless popinjay.
We actually bought a quick celebratory drink - two Carlsbergs - for Andrea and Rab, the nice couple sat next to us who'd got married a couple of days earlier at the lovely Popinjay Hotel in the Clyde Valley.
Of course, we're more likely to see 120 minutes of brutally efficient fussball before an epic penalty shootout that lasts half the night and ends only when that strutting popinjay Andreas Moller turns up to recreate his winning spot-kick in the Euro 96 semi-final against England.
Along the way she meets some magical creatures, befriending a colourful bird Popinjay and then being confronted by a scary dragon before coming face to face with the devious and controlling Night Queen.
A popinjay of immense vanity named Burt lived on his looks and ruthlessly honed fake sincerity, and wherever a woman was to be found, be it in a club or a library, Burt would 'soft-soap' her with flattery and well-rehearsed lines of the most elaborate sweet talk.
When the Third Messenger names public figures after birds, the politician Syrakosios is called a Popinjay (1297).
One day she escapes into the forest accompanied by Popinjay, a curious and amusing, brightly coloured bird.
Instead he crossed his arms and played the popinjay, predicting the sinking of the ship when he might yet have grabbed an oar and started rowing.
Their sound too is a contradictory conundrum - one minute a dizzying sugar rush ason Cradle's fizzy pop, the next broodingwith a dark heart, all clanging chords growling menacingly - most noticeably on pulsating new single Popinjay in which Ritzy's howls and yelps sound like catharsis.
With a salary of pounds 18m, giving this egotistical popinjay the chop would make substantial inroads into the saving they want to make.