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Difference between Dead bird and Dead pigeon

dead bird—(Austral. sl.) a sure thing; a certainty:

  • I used to prowl where jockeys herd, And tipped them for a sure “dead bird.”

dead pigeon—(sl., also: dead duck)

1. a person or thing regarded as useless or a failure:

  • The Dominion Stores Ltd. was a dead pigeon and everyone knew it.

2. a dead person:

  • Now, having risked everything on my logic, I was a dead pigeon if wrong. There were only minutes left.