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  • noun Alternative spelling of gaolbird.

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Examples

  • After half an hour, I had come up with two small conclusions: First, my captor was a man of no mean ability, a remarkably intelligent, efficient, and daring individual who showed no signs of the gaol-bird in his manner and who was, therefore, among the more successful criminals.

    A Monstrous Regiment of Women

  • After half an hour, I had come up with two small conclusions: First, my captor was a man of no mean ability, a remarkably intelligent, efficient, and daring individual who showed no signs of the gaol-bird in his manner and who was, therefore, among the more successful criminals.

    A Monstrous Regiment of Women

  • I had a box seat, and as we drove through the avenues of trees, down the roads, with the gardens of the comfortable-looking bungalows a mass of green foliage and tropical blooms on either side of us, I felt like a gaol-bird escaped from his cage.

    A Yeoman's Letters Third Edition

  • One day, however, I heard from a more experienced "gaol-bird" that permission to write a letter was sometimes granted if "on business."

    Prisons and Prisoners: Some Personal Experiences

  • In spite of his own anger, something far from being either assumed or inconsiderable, Lanyard was fain to pause, a few paces from the deck-house, and laugh quietly at a vast and incoherent booming which was resounding in the room he had just quitted -- Captain Osborne trying to do justice to the emotions inspired in his virtuous bosom by the cheek of this damned gaol-bird.

    The False Faces Further Adventures from the History of the Lone Wolf

  • Why, a fellow like that -- he's a regular gaol-bird.

    The Dramatic Works of Gerhart Hauptmann Volume I

  • He straightens himself up, sitting on his straw like a gaol-bird, and we see his bearded silhouette take the vague outline of a Chinese, while his round eye rolls and turns in the shadows.

    Under Fire: the story of a squad

  • Rebel and traitor and gaol-bird though he be, he never injured me in word, thought, or deed .... '

    Prisoners of Hope A Tale of Colonial Virginia

  • "That 'poor man,' Betty," answered Patricia in a hard voice, "is a criminal, a felon, guilty of some dreadful, sordid thing, a gaol-bird reclaimed from the gallows and sent here to pollute the air we breathe."

    Prisoners of Hope A Tale of Colonial Virginia

  • The stranger was a cadaverous-looking man, in a brand-new suit of clothes, evidently ready-made, but he still wore on his face the curious yellow tinge which is the special mark of the recently liberated gaol-bird.

    The Daffodil Mystery

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