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Animals are in great numbers and so are the idioms relating to them. So, let’s look at more idioms using animals.


Hold your horses:

When you want to ask someone to slow down this idiom can be used or when someone tells you to hold your horses that mean he/she wants you to stop for a minute.

There is no need to rush, hold your horses.


I’ll be a monkey’s uncle:

This idiom can be used when you are very surprised by something. There is another idiom that has a very close meaning with this one and that is “you could have knocked me over with a feather”.

The test was so hard, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle if I pass.


Let sleeping dogs lie:

To leave something in peace and alone. Sometimes when it happens that you cannot do anything about something and you just want to let it go by itself; so you say let sleeping dogs lie.

I’m not going to tell my mom about your problem. It’s better to let sleeping dogs lie.


Pet peeve:

Something that bothers you or annoys you. This idiom can be used for any kinds of annoyance since people have different ideas or problems with other people.

I hate it when someone slurps, it’s a pet peeve of mine.


Puppy love:

Feelings of love or affection, usually innocent and temporary, occurring during childhood or adolescence.

When I was in first grade I had a crush on one of my classmates, but that was a puppy love.


Like shooting fish in a barrel:

When doing something is easy for you this idiom can come handy.

I’m an expert in using computers it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.


A little bird (birdie) told me:

Somebody telling a secret to you.

I heard you’re getting married next month, a little birdie told me!


Bull in a china shop:

Used for a very clumsy person. Imagine a shop full of china dishes that are very delicate and also think of a bull that is a big animal. If the big animal goes to a china shop what will happen? A disaster.

This child is like a bull in a china shop, she messes up everything.


Butterfly’s in one’s stomach:

When you feel nervous it happens that you may feel strange feelings in your stomach too, like a fluttery feeling.

I was so nervous before the interview that I had butterflies in my stomach.


Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

When there is no answer for something this question form can be said. If someone asks this, they want you to think about something more carefully. Ancient philosophers came up with this example to ask where and when the universe began.


Wolf in sheep’s clothing:

Something or someone that is dangerous but pretends to be safe and innocent.

Don’t trust her, she’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.


You can’t teach an old dog new tricks:

When someone says “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” they’re saying that there’s no point in changing someone’s established routine. They may also say that it’s very difficult to teach a new task to someone, almost impossible. This phrase comes from the difficulty of training older dogs.

It’s hard for my grandmother to use the computer, I guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

Hope these idioms can give you another way of talking with people.


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