Topic : Common Animal Idioms
Idioms are a fun element of the English language and idioms that have animals reference can paint an interesting picture in your mind. For Example: The World is your Oyster meaning you can achieve whatever/ go wherever you want.
Idioms Using Animals
Idioms are word combinations that have a different figurative meaning than the literal meanings of each word or phrase. They can be confusing for kids or people learning a language as they don’t mean what they say.
Below a list of a few Animals Idiom and its meanings:
- A bull in a china shop – Someone who is very clumsy
- A little birdie told me – Someone told me a secret
- Bee in her bonnet – She is upset
- Birdbrain – Someone who is not very smart
- Busy as a bee – To be very active and working hard at something
- Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking?
- Cry crocodile tears – To pretend to be upset
- Curiosity killed the cat – Asking too many questions may get you in trouble
- Different kettle of fish – Something completely different
- Doggy bag – A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
- Fish out of water – Being somewhere you don’t belong
- For the birds – Something that is not worth anything
- Get off your high horse – Quit thinking you are better than others
- Goose is cooked – Now you’re in trouble
- Hold your horses – Wait a minute
- Horse of a different color – Something that is quite different, a separate issue
- Hot dog – A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous
- Let the cat out of the bag – Tell a secret
- Make a mountain out of a molehill – Make something unimportant into a big deal
- Night owl – Someone who stays up late
- Pig out – To eat a lot
- Put a bug in his ear – Make a suggestion
- Raining cats and dogs – It is raining very hard
- Snail’s pace – To move extremely slow
- Stir a hornet’s nest – To cause a lot of trouble
- Teacher’s pet – The teacher’s favorite student
- The world is your oyster – You can achieve whatever/go wherever you want
- When pigs fly – To say something is impossible
- Wolf in sheep’s clothing – A person who pretends to be nice but is not
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