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Pick Straws (To)

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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.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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