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- (uncountable, UK, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A time very early in the day; dawn.
- 1993, Patti Walkuski, No Bed of Roses: Memoirs of a Madam, page 111:
- “I was sick of working from sparrow fart as station cook and general dogs-body.”
- 2005, Alexander Fullerton, Non-Combatants, Hachette UK, unnumbered page:
- ‘Took a girl to the flicks, had to get her back to Birkenhead, some goon in a tin hat and armband ordered us to take shelter in the Underground. No bloody option. So I didn′t get her home until sparrow-fart and her father didn′t believe us, turned quite nasty.’
- (countable) A person or thing of no consequence.
The sense is also rendered in non-idiomatic constructions such as “when the sparrow farts.”
- (dawn): cockcrow, crack of dawn, sunrise, sunup; see also Thesaurus:dawn or Thesaurus:morning
- (person of no consequence): loser, waste of space; see also Thesaurus:worthless person
person or thing of no consequence