a little bit of bread and no cheese

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a little bit of bread and no cheese

  1. (UK, idiomatic, onomatopoeic) the song of the yellowhammer.
    • 1896, Edward Marston, By meadow and stream: pleasant memories of pleasant places
      It is delightful to hear the yellowhammer's song — his only song : "A little bit of bread and no cheese."
    • 1937, Lovely places I remember (in The Rotarian, volume 50, number 2, February 1937)
      "A little bit of bread and no cheese!" cry the yellowhammers petulantly. But no one takes any notice of them.