Chickens Eating

Lime Lingo: Eat and wipe mouth like fowl!

  • Eat and wipe mouth like fowl (phr): Do something wrong, but quickly cover up the evidence. (French a fowl’s habit of wiping food off its beak).  Do all your naughty things, but cover up your tracks.  (Haynes 1987:64)
    • After all man jack eat and wipe mouth like fowl after lickin’ out de fry bake.

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Source: Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago by Lise Winer

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