Animal
idioms



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TOP 10 FAVOURITES WITH THE EU TEENAGERS
kill two birds
     with one stone
       solve two problems at one time
              with a single action

I killed two ...
donkey’s years
           a very long time

I’ve been doing this job for donkey’s years
the elephant
          in the room
a problem or situation that everyone knows
        about but no one mentions

  The soa...
cat nap
                 a short sleep

All of this studying makes me want to take a cat nap.
let the cat
     out of the bag
to reveal a secret, often without intending to

   Amazingly, not one of the people who kn...
crocodile tears
 to shed crocodile tears means to shed false
        tears or show insincere grief

Caroline pretended to ...
barking dog never
                       bites
 someone who makes threats all the time but
      seldom carries out the th...
let sleeping dogs
                          lie
  not try to change a situation because you
            might cause proble...
black sheep
         of the family
         the worst member of the family

Mary is the black sheep of the family. She's a...
buy a pig in a poke
to buy something without looking inside first

 I just took the salesman's word that this camera worke...
be as stubborn
           as a mule
             to be very stubborn

I tried to convince Jake to go to the doctor, but he...
be as busy
          as a bee
       to be very busy or active

She's as busy as a bee, always going to meetings
         ...
be as quiet
     as a mouse
            to be very quiet

She sneaked into the house, quiet as a mouse.
like a fish
          out of water
appearing to be completely out of place; in a
           very awkward manner

At this l...
a bird in the hand is
worth two in the bush
it's better to have a small actual advantage
      than the chance of a greate...
it’s raining cats
        and dogs
          it’s raining heavily

Take an umbrella! It’s raining cats and dogs.
a little bird told me
 I was told by a private or secret source

  Jane: How did you find out it was my birthday?
        ...
have butterflies in
  one’s stomach
             feel very nervous

  I always get butterflies in my stomach before
      ...
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Animal idioms

  1. 1. Animal idioms Created for eTwinning project TOP 10 FAVOURITES WITH THE EU TEENAGERS
  2. 2. kill two birds with one stone solve two problems at one time with a single action I killed two birds with one stone and saw some old friends while I was in Leeds visiting my parents.
  3. 3. donkey’s years a very long time I’ve been doing this job for donkey’s years
  4. 4. the elephant in the room a problem or situation that everyone knows about but no one mentions The soaring oil price and its underlying causes are the invisible elephant in the room in the presidential race.
  5. 5. cat nap a short sleep All of this studying makes me want to take a cat nap.
  6. 6. let the cat out of the bag to reveal a secret, often without intending to Amazingly, not one of the people who knew about the surprise let the cat out of the bag.
  7. 7. crocodile tears to shed crocodile tears means to shed false tears or show insincere grief Caroline pretended to be sad but we all knew her tears were crocodile tears.
  8. 8. barking dog never bites someone who makes threats all the time but seldom carries out the threats Mrs. Smith keeps saying she'll call the police if we walk on her lawn, but don't worry. A barking dog never bites.
  9. 9. let sleeping dogs lie not try to change a situation because you might cause problems His parents never referred to the shoplifting incident again. I suppose they thought it best to let sleeping dogs lie.
  10. 10. black sheep of the family the worst member of the family Mary is the black sheep of the family. She's always in trouble with the police.
  11. 11. buy a pig in a poke to buy something without looking inside first I just took the salesman's word that this camera worked. I guess I bought a pig in a poke.
  12. 12. be as stubborn as a mule to be very stubborn I tried to convince Jake to go to the doctor, but he's as stubborn as a mule.
  13. 13. be as busy as a bee to be very busy or active She's as busy as a bee, always going to meetings and organizing parties.
  14. 14. be as quiet as a mouse to be very quiet She sneaked into the house, quiet as a mouse.
  15. 15. like a fish out of water appearing to be completely out of place; in a very awkward manner At this luxurious party I felt like a fish out of water because I did not know any of the wealthy guests.
  16. 16. a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush it's better to have a small actual advantage than the chance of a greater one ‘Dan has asked me to go to a party with him. What if my boyfriend finds out? I don't know if I should go.’ ‘Don't go. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.’
  17. 17. it’s raining cats and dogs it’s raining heavily Take an umbrella! It’s raining cats and dogs.
  18. 18. a little bird told me I was told by a private or secret source Jane: How did you find out it was my birthday? Bill: A little bird told me.
  19. 19. have butterflies in one’s stomach feel very nervous I always get butterflies in my stomach before making a speech.

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