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UK late 19th century–1910s.
- (dated, idiomatic, British slang) Any source or supplier of money.
- 1888 December 27, The Sportsman:
- It is a sad and weary time for many, for when the dustman, the man who blacks the boots, and he with the grog-blossom on his nose who does nothing but hold cab-doors open when nobody asks him to have all been paid, the oof bird takes unto itself wings and flies away.
- 1937 August 28, “The Oof-bird Feeds on Pennies”, in The Argus, page 36:
- If you make an oof-bird and feed him properly all the time, you will grow rich.
- 2003, Van Wyk, Peter, “The Call to Monomotapa”, in Burnham: King of Scouts, page 65:
- "I guess you're attracted to Africa by the lure of the Oof bird," Gifford said eagerly smearing a layer of orange marmalade on thick bread roasted over the campfire.
- feathered oof-bird (“large source”)
- Farmer, John Stephen (1902) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 5, page 107