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Идиомы и поговорки о животных

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Idioms and Sayings about Animals with explanation

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1 A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Having something for certain is better than the possibility of getting something better.
2 A bird's eye view. The appearance of something seen from above.
3 A cat nap. A short sleep, during the day.
4 A cold fish. Someone who doesn't show how they feel.
5 A cuckoo in the nest. Someone who is part of a group but is different and often disliked, or a problem that grows quickly and crowds out everything else.
6 A dark horse. A person who is secretive and often does something surprising.
7 A dead duck. A failure.
8 "A different kettle of fish" A different matter or issue.
9 A dog and pony show. A show or other event that has been organized in order to get people's support or to persuade them to buy something.
10 A fat cat. Someone who is very rich and powerful.
11 Ants in one's pants Unable to sit still or remain calm out of nervousness or excitement
12 A scaredy-cat. Someone who is frightened for no reason.
13 A shaggy dog story. A joke or story that's obviously not true or has a silly ending.
14 A wolf in sheep's clothing. Someone who is dangerous, but pretends to be harmless.
15 Bark worse than bite. Used to describe someone who makes threats but never carries them out.
16 Barking up the wrong tree. The government was barking up the wrong tree with their proposal to sell off the UK's forests. To make the wrong choice, or ask the wrong person.
17 Birds of a feather flock together. People who have similar characters or similar interests will often choose to spend time together.
18 Bull in a china shop A person with no tact who upsets others or upsets plans
19 Cash cow A good way to make money
20 Cat nap A short sleep
21 Chicken out To decide not to do something out of fear (usually just before)
22 Copy cat A person who does the same thing as someone else
23 Eager beaver A pearson who is excited about doing certain work
24 Even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while. Sometimes people can be correct just by being lucky.
25 Get the lion's share Get the greatest percentage
26 Gone to the dogs. Used when someone or somewhere becomes less successful than it was.
27 Has the cat got your tongue? Said when someone isn't saying anything.
28 Hold your horses Wait and be patient
29 It's raining cats and dogs! It's raining very heavily.
30 Kangaroo court A self-appointed group that decides what to do to someone who is supposed to have done wrong
31 Kill two birds with one stone Get two things done at once
32 Let sleeping dogs lie. Leave something alone if it might cause trouble.
33 Like a fish out of water To be uncomfortable in a particular situation
34 Living in cloud cuckoo land. Used to describe someone who has ideas or plans that are completely unrealistic.
35 Look what the cat's dragged in! An insulting way of saying that someone has just arrived and they don't look good.
36 Monkey see, monkey do Silly / unintelligent people tend to copy each other's actions
37 Mutton dressed (up) as lamb To describe a woman who is dressed in a style that is more suitable for a much younger woman
38 Not enough room to swing a cat. Used to describe a place that is very small.
39 Raining cats and dogs Raining heavily
40 Rat race Fierce, competitive struggle for power, position etc
41 Sraight from the horse's mouth. To hear something interesting from someone actually involved.
42 Something is fishy. Used when something is suspicious.
43 Talk the hind leg off a donkey. To talk a lot.
44 (the) birds and the bees Sex education
45 The cat's whiskers. When someone thinks they're better than everyone else.
46 The early bird catches the worm. If you do something in a timely manner you will succeed.
47 The elephant in the room. A problem or situation that everyone knows about but no one mentions.
48 The worm has turned When a usually meek person or group of people becomes angry.
49 To badger someone. To pester someone into doing something
50 To be a chicken or To be chicken or to be chicken livered. Someone who is cowardly.
51 To be a fly on the wall. To want to be somewhere secretly, so you can overhear what is said.
52 To be as sly as a fox. To be sneakily clever
53 To be dog-eared. If something is dog-eared, it is in bad condition.
54 To be dog tired To be exhausted
55 To be like a bear with a sore head. To be in a bad mood.
56 To be like a bull in a china shop. To be clumsy.
57 To be like a cat on a hot tin roof. To be nervous and unable to keep still.
58 To be like a dog with two tails. To be very happy.
59 To be like a rabbit in the headlights. To be so frightened or surprised that you cannot move or think.
60 To close (shut) the stable door after the horse has bolted. To try to fix something after the problem has occurred.
61 To cry wolf. To raise a false alarm about something.
62 To eat like a horse. To eat a lot.
63 To have ants in your pants. To be unable to keep still because you are very excited or worried about something.
64 To have a bee in your bonnet. To be obsessed about something.
65 To have bigger fish to fry. To have more important things to do.
66 To have a tiger by the tail. To have become associated with something powerful and potentially dangerous.
67 To get someone's goat. To upset someone.
68 To kill two birds with one stone. To solve two problems with a single action.
69 To let the cat out of the bag. To reveal a secret.
70 To look like the cat that got the cream. To look very pleased and a bit smug about something.
71 To not give a hoot. To not care.
72 To not give a monkey's. Used to express lack of concern or interest.
73 To put a cat among the pigeons. To cause trouble.
74 To pull a rabbit out of the hat To surprise everyone by suddenly doing something clever
75 To talk turkey. To speak frankly and openly.
76 To open a can of worms. To do something that exposes a very difficult issue or set of problems.
77 Water off a duck's back. Said when someone doesn't let things upset them.
78 What's sauce for the goose, (is sauce for the gander.) If you think something is acceptable for one person, it should also be acceptable for another person.
79 Wouldn't say boo to a goose. Describes someone who is very nervous.
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