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May 8, 2007
This week's theme
Expressions coined after the names of birds

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stormy petrel
kibitz
clay pigeon
jaywalk
catbird seat


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kibitz

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kibitz (KIB-its) verb intr.

1. To look on at some activity and offer unwanted advice or criticism.
2. To chat or banter.

[From Yiddish kibitsen, from German kiebitzen (to look on at cards), from Kiebitz (busybody, literally pewit or lapwing, a bird with a bad reputation as a meddler).]

"Bochy and most managers refrain from kibitzing, and they let their pitchers and catchers decide what to throw."
Henry Schulman; Homework Pays Off For Giants' Molina; San Francisco Chronicle: Apr 13, 2007.

See more usage examples of kibitz in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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