Pick Straws

(To). To show fatigue or weariness, as birds pick up straws to make their nests (or bed).

Their eyelids did not once pick straws,
And wink, and sink away;
No, no; they were as brisk as bees,
And loving things did say.

Peter Pindar: Orson and Ellen, canto v.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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