Idiom #7: A little bird told me
No Comments »11th December, 2006; Category: Idioms
This week’s idiom:
“A little bird told me.”
This idiom is thought to have come from the Old Testament in the Bible, namely Ecclesiastes 10:20.
“Do not revile the king even in your thoughts,
or curse the rich in your bedroom,
because a bird of the air may carry your words,
and a bird on the wing may report what you say.”
It is used by people to state a fact from a secret source.
“How did you know that I came first in the race, Grandma?” said Laura.
“A little bird told me,” replied Grandma.
See also my article “What is an idiom?”