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    Re: Animal idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-ox View Post
    the donkey work = the hard, boring parts of a job

    eg. Why it is always me who has to do the donkey work?

    donkey work:

    Madox
    Poor animal! Or, shall I say, happy? He doesn`t need to work, at least for a while!

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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Very good, indeed. I like it!
    Thank you
    Thank you Veron. I like your replies on this post, as well!
    You are welcome
    But you have to give something in return
    Here in Tunisia when sb buys sth or succeeds s/he must give something such as: cookies,coka cola

    What are you going to give to the members here,Teia!

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    #103

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    As rare as hen's teeth:
    quite rare
    I remember asking my grandma about hens` teeth when I was a little girl. She looked at me and burst out laughing; her eyes filled with tears [laughing tears]; I was waiting for her answer but she still could not give an answer to me because she couldn`t stop laughing.

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    #104

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veron1 View Post
    Thank you

    You are welcome
    But you have to give something in return
    Here in Tunisia when sb buys sth or succeeds s/he must give something such as: cookies,coka cola

    What are you going to give to the members here,Teia!

    I.A
    Hi Veron

    I`m so sorry I can`t offer you anything ,but my sincere hugs.

    Lots of cookies and cola would be just fine, I think


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    Quote Originally Posted by teia_petrescu View Post
    Hi Veron

    I`m so sorry I can`t offer you anything ,but my sincere hugs.

    Lots of cookies and cola would be just fine, I think

    It's ok ,Teia
    I was just kidding
    Your sincere hugs are enough

    See you

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    #106

    Re: Animal idioms

    "the tail wagging the dog" - the situation is the reverse of normal, with intonations that the effect is seen as the cause.

    "cart before the horse" - doing things backwards, ineffectually.


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    #107

    Re: Animal idioms

    On the beating/flogging of equines

    "beat it like a rented mule"- meaning treat it with little regard, as long as you get what you want out of it...


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    #108

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    " like water off a duck's back" - refering to an event/outcome as being natural, unconscious, effortless , having no effect

    ...their insults were cast aside like water off a duck's back.

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    #109

    Re: Animal idioms

    Instead of telling you the answer, I'll ask a question.


    "A fish out of water"
    What does that one mean? For example, what does it mean if someone says, "He was like a fish out of water"?

    ~R

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    #110

    Re: Animal idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Instead of telling you the answer, I'll ask a question.


    "A fish out of water"
    What does that one mean? For example, what does it mean if someone says, "He was like a fish out of water"?

    ~R


    a fish out of water = a person who feels unconfortable or embarrassed in unfamiliar surroundings.

    eg. Everybody else knew each other really well, so I felt a bit like a fish out of water.

    a fish out of water:


    Madox

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