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    hi,


    Let's play and learn!

    I opened this topic for each of us to write an idiom which contains a name of an animal.( cat, dog, lion, horse, lizard etc) The idiom MUST be explained by the one who posts it! Please, illustrate your idiom with an example.

    Mine is the following:

    "dark horse" - a person who hides their feelings, plans, activities, etc

    e.g.

    You are a dark house! I had no idea you could play the piano so well.


    best wishes,

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    Last edited by Mad-ox; 10-Feb-2008 at 14:34.

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    Horses for courses:

    Different situations require different ways of handling them, or different people, etc.

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    Cat that swallowed the canary. To appear smug or self-satisfied.

    I knew that Mary was going to win the trivia contest, because when she wrote down her final answer, she looked just like the cat that had swallowed the canary.

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    Default Re: Animal idioms

    In the US, a "dark horse" is political slang for a candidate with no background in politics who has a good chance of winning the election.

    To continue the game, here's one my dad taught me:

    "My dogs are barking."

    meaning: My feet are killing me.

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    Default Re: Animal idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by mykwyner View Post
    In the US, a "dark horse" is political slang for a candidate with no background in politics who has a good chance of winning the election.
    To continue the game, here's one my dad taught me:
    "My dogs are barking."
    meaning: My feet are killing me.
    I would have never guessed that meaning. :)

    Here is one that Ross Perot (presidential candidate in '92) seemed
    fond of using:

    That dog won't hunt.

    Meaning: Something (such as a plan) won't work.

    Perhaps someone else can explain it better.

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    '' be like a dog with two tails'' means be extremly happy

    eg. Is he pleased with his new job? He's like a dog with two tails.




    have a nice day,
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    "It's a dog eat dog world."

    Meaning: It is a ruthlessly competitive world.
    Last edited by englishstudent; 04-Sep-2006 at 19:42. Reason: Forgot quotes

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    hi,
    ''let the cat out of the bag'' means ''make known a secret, usually without realizing what you are doing.
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    Who let the cat out of the bag? I'm afraid I did. I thought everybody already knew.
    best wishes,
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    "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."

    Meaning: People don't change, or want to learn new things
    as they get old(er).
    Last edited by englishstudent; 06-Sep-2006 at 01:18. Reason: Forgot quotes

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    Default Re: Animal idioms

    hi
    "get/have butterflies" means get/have a nervous feeling in your stomach before doing something.
    eg.
    I always get butterflies before an interview.
    have a nice day,
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