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Bird Dog

In auto sales, a salesperson or other party who refers a potential customer to another salesperson in exchange for a portion of the commission.

bird dog

Someone who regularly furnishes sales leads to another, but does not actually handle any of the selling. Successful real estate agents usually have many bird dogs.

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Despairing of the fairies, he resolved to consult the birds, but now he remembered, as an odd thing, that all the birds on the weeping beech had flown away when he alighted on it, and though that had not troubled him at the time, he saw its meaning now.
Then at last he understood, and clutched the nest and waved his thanks to the bird as she fluttered overhead.
These Mr Allworthy endeavoured to assuage, promising her a much finer bird: but she declared she would never have another.
But it was agreed, that, if he could bring thither the beautiful princess, he should live, and have the bird and the horse given him for his own.
The number, tameness, and disgusting habits of the carrion-feeding hawks of South America make them pre-eminently striking to any one accustomed only to the birds of Northern Europe.
Bird, compassionately, as the woman slowly unclosed her large, dark eyes, and looked vacantly at her.
help!" "Oh, let him alone," sneered another, and this was the most trying of all, "he is such a beautiful young man; I am sure the bird and the cage must have been kept for him."
If I put the ring upon the little finger of my left hand, then I can fly like a bird through the air wherever I wish to go.
Their circumspection proved to me that these birds knew what to expect from bipeds of our species, and I concluded that, if the island was not inhabited, at least human beings occasionally frequented it.
Stepan Arkadyevitch shot two more birds and Levin two, of which one was not found.
Unfortunately for the wood-chopper, notwithstanding his vaunt, he did not see this bird until it was too late to fire as it approached, and he pulled the trigger at the unlucky moment when it was darting immediately over his head.
So it is with the nests of birds, which vary partly in dependence on the situations chosen, and on the nature and temperature of the country inhabited, but often from causes wholly unknown to us: Audubon has given several remarkable cases of differences in nests of the same species in the northern and southern United States.