|a little bird told me||
- (idiom) Of information which was gathered from a source not to be overtly exposed.
Etymology: The phrase has a somewhat contentious origin, some attribute it to Ecclesiastes wikisource:Bible2C_English2C_King_James2C_EcclesiastesChapter_10, 10:20 "for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter." While others believe that it originates from the Dutch saying Er lif t'el baerd "I should betray another." A third explanation is simply an allusion to carrier pigeons or other such messenger birds.
- Let's just say I know because .
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