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    I think it is also common by 'shedding crocodile tears'. nice one, anyways!

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    ahead of the pack- to be more successful than other people who are doing the same thing as you (a pack is a group of animals like dogs or wolves who live together)

    The girl studied hard all summer and was ahead of the pack when she returned to school in the autumn.



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    by shank's mare

    - by foot

    I came to the meeting by shank's mare.



    call the dogs off

    - to stop threatening/chasing/hounding someone

    The police decided to call the dogs off and stop hunting for the man.

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    Re: Animal idioms

    Interesting one:_~:~_:~

    Bull In A China Shop

    - a tactless person who upsets others or upsets plans, a very clumsy person

    The boy is like a bull in a china shop so you should be careful if you invite him to your house.

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    bright-eyed and bushy-tailed

    - to be very cheerful and eager (like a squirrel with bright eyes and a bushy tail)

    The children were bright-eyed and bushy-tailed when they got up in the morning.



    :)) Lively idiom!

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    a cash cow

    - a product or service that makes much money

    Our new business is a cash cow. We are making a lot of money now.

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    a cat nap

    - a short sleep taken during the day

    I had a cat nap in the afternoon so that I would feel refreshed in the evening.


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    a copycat

    - someone who copies another person`s work etc.

    The boy is a copycat according to the other students in the class.

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    #318

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    Hehehehe:

    donkey's years

    - a very long time

    I talked to my friend for a long time because I had not seen her in donkey's years.

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    #319

    Re: Animal idioms

    Thanks, Huda.

    I have some here:

    as awkward as a cow on roller skates

    - very awkward

    The little girl was as awkward as a cow on roller skates when she first began riding her bicycle.



    there is more than one way to skin a cat

    - there is more than one way to do something

    I knew that there was more than one way to skin a cat so I did not worry about the rules and time limit of my project

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    #320

    Re: Animal idioms

    And this one:

    flog/beat a dead horse

    means to continue fighting a battle that has been won, to continue to argue a point that has been settled....

    My friend was flogging a dead horse when she would not stop arguing about the mistake on her paycheck.

    ;)

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