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    Default Animal names/verbs

    English language is interesting in every way, I was thinking of the animal names that can be used as verbs giving meanings other than hunting that kind of animal. I made roughly this list consulting a dictionary, if you can think of other animal names to work as verbs with different meaning; you are welcome to add.


    Wolf something down= to eat food very quickly= gobble
    Dog: (of problem or bad luck) to cause you trouble for a long time. E.g. He had been dogged by bad health all his life.
    Bear: to be able to accept and deal with something unpleasant.
    Fox: to be too difficult for somebody to understand or solve; to trick or confuse somebody, the last question foxed even the experts.
    Crow: to make repeated loud high sounds, especially early in the morning, to talk too proudly about something you have achieved=boast
    Hawk: to try to sell things by going form place to place asking people to buy them= peddle.
    Snake: to move like a snake.
    Fish for something = to try to get something or find out something, to try to catch something using your hands.
    Duck: To move your head or body downwards to avoid being hit or seen.
    Rabbit on: to talk continuously about somebody or something that is not important or interesting.
    Ape: to copy the way somebody else behaves or talks in order to make fun of them.





    So, as thedaffodils suggested I put the updated list here:
    1 Ape
    2 badger
    3 bat
    4 Bear
    5 beetle:
    6 bug:
    7 chicken out
    8 cocoon:
    9 cow
    10 crab
    11 crane
    12 cricket:
    13 Crow
    14 Dog
    15 Duck
    16 eagle:
    17 ferret:
    18 Fish
    19 fly:
    20 Fox
    21 fry:(small fish)
    22 gander
    23 goosestep:
    24 grouse
    25 gull
    26 hare
    27 Hawk
    28 henpeck
    29 herd:
    30 Hog
    31 horse around
    32 hound:
    33 kite:
    34 lark about:
    35 leapfrog: (though leapfrog is not an animal, but is relevant to frog)
    36 leech
    37 louse up
    38 man:
    39 monkey:
    40 parrrot
    41 peacock
    42 pig out
    43 pigeonhole
    44 Pony:
    45 quail
    46 Rabbit on
    47 ram:
    48 rat
    49 roach:
    50 rook
    51 scale:(a kind of insect)
    52 seal:
    53 shark
    54 skate
    55 skunk
    56 sleuth
    57 snail:
    58 Snake
    59 Snipe
    60 sponge
    61 Squirrel
    62 swallow
    63 swan
    64 toady:
    65 turtle:
    66 weasel out
    67 whale
    68 Wolf
    69 yak


    To be updated as soon as new entries added
    Last edited by Reemy; 28-Nov-2008 at 08:07.

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    Hog to [try to] have more than your fair share - 'Don't hog the biscuits. Pass them down to this end.'
    Squirrel in the phrasal verb 'to squirrel away' - to hide something in a secret place
    grouse to complain (often used in the jocular notice - especially on low beams in pubs) "Duck... or grouse'.

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    And another bird:

    Snipe to make separate individual attacks from a position of security or camouflage (typically in a debate or argument, but the term 'sniper' is related): 'He didn't contribute much to the discussion, contenting himself with an occasional sniping remark.'

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    Another one is
    pig out ( informal ) gorge oneself with food.

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    Another bird:

    parrrot - to repeat words without understanding them

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    This is not a word, but it's an idiom based on a fantastical belief about a particular animal: 'to be an ostrich' is to ignore an obvious danger - also 'to hide one's head in the sand' (they don't).

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    Another: sponge. A lot of sponges today are synthetic, but the natural ones are animals (invertebrates). "Sponge" works as an obvious verb ("He sponged the spilt drink off his trousers". But it also forms a phrasal verb - meaning to derive an income by begging: "When the inheritance ran out, he tracked down his cousin and sponged off him".

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    [I'm not a teacher.]

    cow (FRIGHTEN) to frighten someone into doing something, using threats or violence:

    goosestep:

    rat: Slang To desert or betray one's comrades by giving information:

    leech:To attach oneself to another in the manner of a leech.

    peacock: To strut about like a peacock; exhibit oneself vainly.

    P.S. All definitions and example sentences are from my dictionary.
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    And to goose of course (discussed recently in another thread): "The CEO goosed her by the photocopier".

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    [I'm not a teacher.]

    cat : v.tr.Nautical
    To look for sexual partners; have an affair or affairs:
    “catting around with every lady in sight”(Gore Vidal)

    cock: To set the hammer of (a firearm) in a position ready for firing.
    To set (a device, such as a camera shutter) in a position ready for use.
    To tilt or turn up or to one side, usually in a jaunty or alert manner:
    cocked an eyebrow in response to a silly question.
    To raise in preparation to throw or hit:
    cocked the bat before swinging at the pitch.
    v.intr.
    To set the hammer of a firearm in a position ready for firing.
    To turn or stick up.
    To strut; swagger.

    bull
    v.tr.
    To push; force.
    v.intr.
    To push ahead or through forcefully:
    “He bulls through the press horde that encircles the car”(Scott Turow)

    clam up

    butterfly: v.tr.
    To cut and spread open and flat, as shrimp.

    worm:
    v.tr.
    To make (one's way) with or as if with the sinuous crawling motion of a worm.
    To work (one's way or oneself) subtly or gradually; insinuate:
    She wormed her way into his confidence.
    To elicit by artful or devious means. Usually used without of :
    wormed a confession out of the suspect.
    To cure of intestinal worms.
    Nautical To wrap yarn or twine spirally around (rope).
    v.intr.
    To move in a manner suggestive of a worm.
    To make one's way by artful or devious means:
    He can't worm out of this situation.

    henpeck

    chicken out

    hare: To move hurriedly, as if hunting a swift quarry:
    went haring off after a lower-priced car.

    bat: Informal To discuss or consider at length:
    bat an idea around.

    swan: v.intr.
    To travel around from place to place:
    “Swanning around Europe nowadays, are we?”(Jeffrey Archer)

    seal:
    To affix a seal to in order to prove authenticity or attest to accuracy, legal weight, quality, or another standard.

    ferret:
    v.tr.
    To hunt (rabbits, for example) with ferrets.
    To drive out, as from a hiding place; expel.
    To uncover and bring to light by searching. Often used without :
    ferret out the solution to a mystery.
    To hound or harry persistently; worry.
    v.intr.
    To engage in hunting with ferrets.
    To search intensively.

    hound:
    To pursue relentlessly and tenaciously.See Synonyms at harass
    To urge insistently; nag:
    hounded me until I agreed to cut my hair.

    badger: To harry or pester persistently.

    yak: To talk persistently and meaninglessly; chatter.

    crane: To stretch one's neck toward something for a better view.

    whale: to strike or hit vigorously 3 : to defeat soundly

    crab: To direct (an aircraft) partly into a crosswind to eliminate drift.

    snail: eg. The train snailed up the steep grade.

    fly:


    horse around

    P.S. All definitions and examples are excerpted from my dictionary.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 17-Nov-2008 at 12:40. Reason: Deleted "mole out" which doesn't not exist

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