Idiom – As Sick As A Parrot

English 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.


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 have accidentally deleted all of your holiday photos!


  • “That footy player must be as sick as a parrot after missing that important last minute penalty!”

In The News:

“ROYALS fans have been sick as a parrot over news that Reading Buses is unable to run its usual matchday buses this month.”


  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?

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