Animals Idioms (Page 3)

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Dog's life
If some has a dog's life, they have a very unfortunate and wretched life.
If a book is dog-eared, it is in bad condition, with torn pages, etc.
Doggy bag
If you ask for a doggy bag in a restaurant, they will pack the food you haven't eaten for you to take home.
Don't catch your chickens before they're hatched
This means that you should wait until you know whether something has produced the results you desire, rather than acting beforehand. ('Don't count your chickens until they've hatched' is an alternative.)
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
This means that if you are given something, a present or a chance, you should not waste it by being too critical or examining it too closely.
Don't stop and kick at every dog that barks at you
(USA) If we stop to kick at every dog that barks at us we will never arrive at our destination in life, because we are obsessed with righting insignifigant wrongs that should have no more effect on us then a dog that barks as we walk by.
Donkey work
Donkey work is any hard, boring work or task.
Donkey's years
This idiom means 'a very long time'.
Drink like a fish
If someone drinks like a fish, they drink far too much alcohol.
Drop like flies
This means that something is disappearing very quickly. For example, if you said people were dropping like flies, it would mean that they were dying off, quitting or giving up something rapidly.
Drunker than a peach orchard boar
(USA) Southern US expression - Very drunk, as when a boar would eat fermented peaches that have fallen from the tree.
Dry as a dead dingo's donga
(AU) If somethng is as dry as a dead dingo's donga, it is very dry indeed.
Duck to water
If you take to something like a duck to water, you find when you start that you have a natural affinity for it.
Ducks in a row
(USA) If you have your ducks in a row, you are well-organized.
Eager beaver
A person who is extremely keen is an eager beaver.
Eagle eyes
Someone who has eagle eyes sees everything; no detail is too small.
Early bird catches the worm
The early bird catches the worm means that if you start something early, you stand a better chance of success.
Eat crow
(USA) If you eat crow, you have to admit that you were wrong about something.
Eat like a bird
If someone eats like a bird, they eat very little.
Eat like a horse
Someone who eats like a horse, eats a lot.
Eat like a pig
If some eats like a pig, they either eat too much or they have bad table manners.
Elephant in the room
An elephant in the room is a problem that everyone knows very well but no one talks about because it is taboo, embarrassing, etc.
Enough to cobble dogs with
(UK) A large surplus of anything: We've got enough coffee to cobble dogs with. Possible explanations: A cobblestone is a cut stone with a curved surface. These were set together to create road surfaces, in the days before the widespread use of asphalt. The image the phrase contains is that, even after all the roads have been cobbled, there are so many cobblestones left over that things that don’t need cobbling – such as dogs – could still be cobbled. A cobbler repairs shoes, so if you have enough leather to cobble an animal with four feet or that doesn't need shoes, you have a surplus.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while
This expression means that even if people are ineffective or misguided, sometimes they can still be correct just by being lucky.
Even the dogs in the street know
(Irish) This idiom is used frequently in Ireland, and means something is so obvious that even the dogs in the street know it.
Every ass likes to hear himself bray
This means that people like the sound of their own voice.
Every dog has its day
This idiom means that everyone gets their moment to shine.
Fat cat
A fat cat is a person who makes a lot of money and enjoys a privileged position in society.
Feather your own nest
If someone feathers their own nest, they use their position or job for personal gain.
Feathers fly
When people are fighting or arguing angrily, we can say that feathers are flying.
Fight like Kilkenny cats
When you say that people fought like Kilkenny cats, you mean they fought valiantly to the bitter end, even if they are both destroyed. For instance, ''The two political parties fought like Kilkenny cats over the matter''
Fine as frog's hair
(USA) If something is as fine as frog's hair, it is very delicate and fine. The phrase is facetious as frogs do not possess hair.
Fish or cut bait
(USA) This idiom is used when you want to tell someone that it is time to take action.
Fish out of water
If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water.
If there is something fishy about someone or something, there is something suspicious; a feeling that there is something wrong, though it isn't clear what it is.
Fit as a butcher's dog
Someone who's very healthy, fit or physically attractive is as fit as a butcher's dog.
Flash as a rat with a gold tooth
(AU) Someone who's as flash as a rat with a gold tooth tries hard to impress people by their appearance or bahaviour.
Flat out like a lizard drinking
(AU) An Australian idiom meaning extremely busy, which is a word play which humorously mixes two meanings of the term flat out.
Flip someone the bird
If you flip someone the bird, you put your middle finger up to show that you are angry or annoyed.
Flogging a dead horse
(UK) If someone is trying to convince people to do or feel something without any hope of succeeding, they're flogging a dead horse. This is used when someone is trying to raise interest in an issue that no-one supports anymore; beating a dead horse will not make it do any more work.
Fly in the ointment
A fly in the ointment is something that spoils or prevents complete enjoyment of something.
Fly on the wall
If you are able to see and hear events as they happen, you are a fly on the wall.
Fly the coop
When children leave home to live away from their parents, they fly the coop.
For donkey's years
(UK) If people have done something, usually without much if any change, for an awfully long time, they can be said to have done it for donkey's years.
For the birds
If something is worthless or ridiculous, it is for the birds.
Frog strangler
(USA) A frog strangler is a very heavy downpour of rain.
From the horse's mouth
If you hear something from the horse's mouth, you hear it directly from the person concerned or responsible.
Full as a tick
If you are as full as a tick, you have eaten too much.
Get a sheepskin
Getting a sheepskin (or your sheepskin) means getting a degree or diploma.  (Sheepskin refers to the parchment that a degree is printed on-  parchment comes from sheepskin.)
Get the monkey off your back
If you get the monkey off your back, you pass on a problem to someone else.

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