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- n. The male of a game bird, especially of a pheasant
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Hortensius Martius, the perfumed exquisite, was now like an angry cockbird on the defence, whilst
Look here, I can't bear to see a ship in distress, or a comrade in the doldrums; so I tell you what, young cockbird, raise your crest and don't look so peaky, for I'm going to help you if it's in my power, as most likely it is -- that is, saving as how it ain't a loss by death, which takes us all, and which the good
Leigh or else some base impostor assuming his voice and guise, "it _is_ the young cockbird, by all that's living -- ain't I glad!"
"Good-bye, my cockbird," said he, wringing my hand with a grip that made it wince again, a tremble the while in his voice and something suspiciously like a tear in his eye.
"Yes, laddie, I did miss him very much, but now, my cockbird," and here his face brightened up with another beaming smile, as he laid a meaning emphasis on his words, "but now I fancy, somehow or other, I'll not miss
"Hullo, young cockbird," said the owner of the face -- a middle-aged, respectable, nautical-looking sort of man -- speaking in a cheery voice, which went to my heart; "what's the row with you, my hearty?