Idiom – As sick as a parrot

  • Idiom – As sick as a parrot
  • Meaning – Very disappointed.  This expression means that you are disappointed or unhappy about something that has happened.
  • As sick as a parrot is a British idiom. This humorous idiom is believed to have originated – and become popular – through its use within the British sporting world. A sportsperson (or team) who has suffered a particularly crushing or surprising defeat would be labelled as sick as a parrot.
Usage:

When could you use this idiom?

  • You are very disappointed that your football team lost a game that they were expected to win.
  • If you are feeling bad because you failed an important test.
  • When you lost a tennis match because of a series of bad luck and silly mistakes.
  • You are feeling depressed because you accidentally deleted all of your holiday photos!
Example:
  • “That footy player must be as sick as a parrot after missing that important last minute penalty!”
Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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