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    rain like cats and dogs.
    是倾盆大雨的意思。

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    #42

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    Quote Originally Posted by leileizhao View Post
    rain like cats and dogs.
    是倾盆大雨的意思。
    You mean 'its raining cats and dogs'

    And yes your explanation seems to be correct:

    是倾盆大雨的意思= Heavy rain (I think)


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    #43

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    Let sleeping dogs lie - don't stir things up unnecessarily


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    "I've got a mouth like the bottom of a budgie's cage."
    (budgie = budgerigar = parrakeet)

    also

    "I've got a mouth like a monkey's armpit."

    both mean "I've got a foul taste in my mouth."


    "tight as a badger's a*s*/*r*e" = very mean with money

    These are very informal. I wouldn't advise using them in an exam or a job interview.

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    hi again,


    ''pull a rabbit out of the hat''= suddenly produce something as a solution to a problem



    eg. We had almost given up hope when Mick pulled a rabbit out of the hat by coming up with a great new idea.


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    #46

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    Forgive me if any of these are already posted

    All over the place like a dogs breakfast = Messy

    Eat a horse and go back for the rider = hungry

    Eat the arse out of a low flying duck = Hungry

    Frog in your throat = Croaky voice

    Fit as a malley bull

    Strong as an ox

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    #47

    Re: Animal idioms

    Quote Originally Posted by Austblue View Post
    Forgive me if any of these are already posted
    All over the place like a dogs breakfast = Messy
    Eat a horse and go back for the rider = hungry
    Eat the arse out of a low flying duck = Hungry
    Frog in your throat = Croaky voice
    Fit as a malley bull
    Strong as an ox
    hi Austblue,

    Our aim is to learn these idioms, which are not so easy to learn for foreign learners. So you are very welcomed. And never mind if some of these idioms have already been posted, as revision is the best way to learn them.

    have a nice day,

    m


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    #48

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    Thanks Mad, I just found this the other day and it is a bit of an interest of mine so I shall be lurking and posting here and there ;)

    Cheers.

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    #49

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    Here's one for the purists;

    Beef to the heels like a Mullingar heifer

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    As rare as hen's teeth:
    quite rare

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