Page 54 of 54 FirstFirst ... 4 44 50 51 52 53 54
Results 531 to 535 of 535

Thread: Animal idioms

  1. #531
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Animal idioms

    "To bug" someone is slang for "to annoy".

    And a wild goose chase is a fool's errand.

    Henry was hanging around bugging me so I sent him off on a wild goose chase.

  2. #532
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Animal idioms

    "Well I'll be a monkey's uncle" is an expression indicating astonishment or disbelief.

    It's rather old-fashioned, I suppose -- I haven't heard it for years.

  3. #533
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Animal idioms

    To have a tiger by the tail is to have a task or problem that is very difficult to solve and very difficult to disengage from. It may also indicate that the task or problem obsesses the person who has the tiger by the tail.
    Last edited by probus; 07-Jan-2011 at 23:16.

  4. #534
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Animal idioms

    A red herring is anything intended to distract people from the main issue.
    The idiom originated in the world of business and finance, but has since moved into more general usage.

    We don't want them thinking too much about the risk of default, so we'll use the warranty issue as a red herring.

  5. #535
    probus's Avatar
    probus is offline Key Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • Canada
      • Current Location:
      • Canada
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    2,047
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: Animal idioms

    "Weasel words" are like fine print -- words that are intended to deceive, fool or cheat.

    We thought our beach house was insured against all risks, but when the hurricane washed it away we found the weasel words in the policy -- flood damage was not covered.

Page 54 of 54 FirstFirst ... 4 44 50 51 52 53 54

Similar Threads

  1. idioms
    By nasir in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 21-Aug-2007, 13:23
  2. my favorite animal is dogs
    By bmo in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-Feb-2007, 05:00
  3. idioms
    By alma mie in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 15-Nov-2006, 13:15
  4. New References of English Idioms, Slang and Swearing
    By Red5 in forum News and Announcements
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 10-Jun-2005, 20:31

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •