Definition of the dead parrot sketch from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the dead parrot sketch

 
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a widely remembered and very funny sketch (= short comic play) from Monty Python's Flying Circus on British television. John Cleese plays a man who goes into a pet shop to complain about a parrot (= a large colourful bird) which he has just bought there. Although the bird is obviously dead, the pet shop owner, played by Michael Palin, argues that it is just 'resting', while Cleese tries harder and harder to prove that it is dead.