Idiom Category: Animals, Page 5
Like a bat out of hell
This expression means extremely quickly.
Like a beached whale
Once a whale is on a beach, it cannot get back into the easily, so if you are completely stuck somewhere and can't get away, you are stranded like a beached whale.
Like a bear with a sore head
(UK) If someone's like a bear with a sore head, they complain a lot and are unhappy about something.
Like a bull at a gate
If you tackle a job very quickly, without any real thought about what you are doing, you are going at it like a bull at a gate.
Like a cat on hot bricks
If someone is like a cat on hot bricks, they are very nervous or excited.
Like a cat that got the cream
If someone looks very pleased with themselves and happy, they look like a cat that got the cream.
Like a duck to water
If someone has a natural talent for something and enjoys it, they take to it like a duck to water.
Like a fish needs a bicycle
If someone needs something like a Fish Needs a Bicycle, they do not need it at all, originally a feminist slogan: A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.
Like a fish out of water
If someone feels like a fish out of water, they are very uncomfortable in the situation they are in.
Like a hawk
If you watch something or someone like a hawk, you observe very closely and carefully.
Like a headless chicken
If someone rushes about like a headless chicken, they move very fast all over the place, usually without thinking.
Like a moth to a flame
Something that is like a moth to a flame is attracted to something that is deadly or dangerous.
Like a rat deserting a sinking ship
If people leave a company because they know that it's about to have serious problems, or turn their back on a person about to be in a similar situation, they are said to be like rats deserting a sinking ship.
Like a shag on a rock
(AU) If someone feels like a shag on a rock, they are lonely or isolated. A shag is an Australian bird that often perches alone on a rock.
Like collecting frogs in a bucket
Something like colecting frogs in a bucket describes a task that is difficult to control or coordinate
Like lambs to the slaughter
If somebody does something unpleasant without any resistance, they go like lambs to the slaughter.
The lion's share of something is the biggest or best part.
Live high off the hog
If you are living high off the hog, you are living lavishly.
A loan shark lends money at very high rates of interest.
When people lock horns, they argue or fight about something.
Lock the stable door after the horse has bolted
If someone takes action too late, they do this; there is no reason to lock an empty stable.
A lone wolf is a person who prefers to do things on their own or without help from other people.
Look what the cat dragged in
This idiom is used when someone arrives somewhere looking a mess or flustered and bothered.
Lord love a duck
An exclamation used when nothing else will fit. Often fitting when one is stunned or dismayed.
Love me, love my dog
If you love someone, you should accept everything about them and the people they like.
Lower than a snake's belly
Someone or something that is lower than a snake's belly is of a very low moral standing.
Lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut
(USA) If someone or something is lower than a snake's belly in a wagon rut, they are of low moral standing because a snake's belly is low and if the snake is in a wagon rut, it is really low.
Mad as a badger
If someone is as mad as a badger, they are crazy.
Mad as a cut snake
(AU) One who is mad as a cut snake has lost all sense of reason, is crazy, out of control.
Mad as a hornet
(USA) If someone is as mad as a hornet, they are very angry indeed.
Mad as a March hare
Someone who is excitable and unpredictable is as mad as a March hare.
Mad as a wet hen
If someone is as mad as a wet hen, they are extremely angry.
Make a monkey of someone
If you make a monkey of someone, you make them look foolish.
Memory like an elephant
'An elephant never forgets' is a saying, so if a person has a memory like an elephant, he or she has a very good memory indeed.
Mess with a bull, you get the horns
If you do something stupid or dangerous, you can get hurt.
If children get up to monkey business, they are behaving naughtily or mischievously. This is the same as 'monkeying around'.
Monkey see, monkey do
This idiom means that children will learn their behaviour by copying what they see happening around them.
More than one way to skin a cat
When people say that there is more than one way to skin a cat, they mean that there are different ways of achieving the same thing.
My dogs are barking
(USA) When someone says this, they mean that their feet are hurting.
Nature of the beast
The basic characteristics of something is the nature of the beast; often used when there's an aspect of something that cannot be changed or that is unpleasant or difficult.
Neither fish nor fowl
Something or someone that is neither fish nor fowl doesn't really fit into any one group.
Nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs
(USA) This means that someone is very nerfvous or jumpy.
A night owl is someone who goes to bed very late.
No dog in this fight
If you have no dog in a fight, you are not concerned and will not be affected either way by the outcome of something.
No spring chicken
If someone is no spring chicken, they are not young.
Not enough room to swing a cat
If a room is very small, you can say that there isn't enough room to swing a cat in it.
Not give a monkey's
(UK) If you couldn't give a monkey's about something, you don't care at all about it.
Not hurt a fly
Somebody who would not hurt a fly is not aggressive.
Off the leash
If someone is off the leash, they are no longer restricted or controlled.
On the hoof
If you decide something on the hoof, you do it without planning, responding to events as they happen.
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