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Animal Idioms

Idiom ants in one's pants (the) birds and the bees cat nap cat's got one's tongue chicken out Meaning unable to sit still or remain calm out of nervousness or excitement sex education Example Sentence Lisa had ants in her pants the day before her interview. I learned about the birds and the bees when my baby brother was born. I'm going to have a cat nap while you're cooking dinner. It looks like the cat's got your tongue, Lucy. Are you always this uiet! I was going to take a ride on #eoff's motorcycle$ but I chickened out when he gave me a helmet to wear. Arthur clammed up when I asked him about his family. %y sister is such a copy cat. &irst she bought the same car as me$ and now she's applying to my school. I sleep in the basement during the dog days of August. %y roses are dropping like flies in this early frost. (ver since he got his new drill set my husband has been an eager bea er around the house. I knew something fishy was going on when I saw all of my friends' cars in my mom's driveway.

a short sleep said about someone who doesn't speak (usually due to shyness) to decide not to do something out of fear (usually "ust before) become uiet suddenly a person who does the same thing as someone else

clam up copy cat

dog days dropping like flies eager bea er

very hot days dying'giving up uickly a person who is excited about doing certain work odd$ suspicious


ha e a co! get extremely upset (often over something minor) %y teacher had a co! when she reali)ed nobody had done the homework. I told my husband$ $Monkey see. %y aunt got the lion's share of the inheritance. hold your horses "oly co!# horse around get the lion's share in the dog house wait and be patient +ow$ I'm surprised* play roughly get the greatest percentage in trouble with another person kill t!o birds get two things done at once !ith one stone kitty corner let the cat out of the bag (a) little bird told me make a beeline monkey see. I don't think %arsha is coming out tonight. If you pick the groceries up when you drop #eorge off for his shift$ you will kill t!o birds !ith one stone. . %y grandma made a beeline for the smoking room as soon as she got off the airplane. If you're going to horse around$ please go outside. "oly co!# I can't believe you ate everything on your plate. monkey do#$ +e have a nest egg that we might have to use if 0im goes on sick leave. "old your horses* I'll be done in the washroom in a minute. monkey do nest egg diagonal direction reveal a secret I heard something (usually secretive or unknown) from someone (not named) go straight for something silly'unintelligent people tend to copy each other's actions money saved for the future . -he gas station is kitty corner to the library. . +ho let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party! A little bird told me that you are thinking of uitting your "ob.ur one/year/old is saying bad words now.he's still in the dog house for forgetting Aaron's birthday.

I'm ready to leave this rat race and retire in %exico. I know 0enny is pregnant$ because I heard it straight from the horse's mouth. I asked my brothers not to tell my parents that I went out$ but I could smell a rat as soon as I opened the door. I could eat pi))a and ice cream until the co!s come home. If you really think you deserve a promotion$ you'll have to take the bull by the horns.pig out raining cats and dogs rat race smell a rat eat a lot of something raining heavily fierce$ competitive struggle for power$ position etc begin to suspect trickery etc I pigged out on pancakes so I don't have room for lunch. I forgot my umbrella$ and it was raining cats and dogs. straight from the horse's mouth take the bull by the horns until the co!s come home directly from the original source face a challenge or danger boldly for a very long time .

.Animal Idioms %ui& 1 I for the brownies as soon as I got to the party. 1 : -he baseball game was cancelled because it's raining .inatra until the 3 I'll be in the too late tonight. %y aunt could listen to &rank . I always feel better after . 5 told me that you are %y oldest brother got the share of the punishment when we were growing up. 6 7 I asked 0oe to left without me. but he 8 %y mother used to tell us to go to the basement to around. come home. 9 If you want Lisa to date you$ you're going to have to . if I stay out 2 4 writing a book.

-hanks for listening to me complain about my boss. I have to hire %ia. Amy has her head in the clouds if she thinks she's going to pass her exams without studying. I stayed out all night.'ody Idioms Idiom all ears Meaning fully listening Example Sentence #ive me a minute to finish my work and then I'll be all ears to hear about your pro"ect. lend a hand ha e one's head in the clouds head o er heels head start help (someone) do something be unaware or unrealistic about something deeply in love an earlier start in o er one's head taking on a task that you can't handle . -hese cakes are delicious$ but they cost an arm and a leg. I was in o er my head when I agreed to baby/sit the triplets and the dogs. . I cried my heart out when my best friend moved away. +hen I eventually got home I had to face the music from my wife. -oday's the big game$ eh! 'reak a leg# %y sister didn't get cold feet until she put her wedding gown on. I "ust needed to get this off my chest.he's my own flesh and blood. I can gi e you a hand when you move if you like. break a leg cold feet cost an arm and a leg cry your heart out face the music good/luck nervous "ust before a big event be very expensive cry very hard meet$ stand up to unpleasant conse uences$ for example criticism or punishment relative tell someone your problems (my) flesh and blood get something off one's chest gi e a hand. -he kids gave Anthony a head start in the bicycle race because he was the youngest. %y brother is head o er heels for his new girlfriend.


Let's go to the mall after school. I ate too much. I had to fly by the seat of my pants. I think 0osh has a card up his slee e because he wants me to wear a dress to the fast/food restaurant. dress to the nines fit like a glo e fine)tooth comb fly by the seat of one's pants handle !ith kid glo es dress in nice or sexy clothes fit perfectly (tight to one's body) in great detail$ extremely carefully do by instinct$ not by plan treat delicately . It's almost exam time$ so I need to buckle do!n this weekend. I had never taught art to kids comment about %anfred's handicap was belo! the belt. I'm bursting at the seams in these "eans. . Anita's prom dress fits me like a glo e. -he police looked for fingerprints with a fine)tooth comb. have a secret or reserve plan buckle do!n work extra hard burn a hole in one's pocket money that one is tempted to spend dress to kill. I forgot about the field trip.(lothing Idioms Idiom at the drop of a hat (ha e a) bee in one's bonnet belo! the belt bursting at the seams caught !ith one's pants do!n (ha e a) card up one's slee e Meaning without needing any advance notice something that is annoying someone beyond what is fair or socially acceptable not fitting anymore unprepared Example Sentence %y #randma will baby/sit for anyone at the drop of a hat. %ilan has had a bee in his bonnet all day$ but he won't tell me what's wrong. %y students caught me !ith my pants do!n on %onday. %y cousin was dressed to kill on her birthday. -here's a hundred dollar bill burning a hole in my pocket. <lease handle my grandmother's tea set with kid glo es.

.imon is the first carrot top I've ever gone out with. 0ust explain the bread and butter of your report. ?ou don't have to go into details. I don't think 0an will come to the bar because she has a bun in the o en. @ick wants to ha e his cake and eat it too. I love reading cheesy romance big cheese bread and butter necessities$ the main thing earn the income bring home the bacon (score) bro!nie points butter someone up things done or said that make someone else like you better be extra nice to someone (usually for selfish reasons) want more than your fair share or need (ha e one's) cake and eat it too carrot top cheesy person with red or orange hair silly . a person who is often in I don't want my little brother trouble hanging around with the bad eggs on the street. I scored bro!nie points with my teacher by bringing her a cup of coffee. . %y husband has had to bring home the bacon ever since I broke my leg.e wants to be single but he doesn't want me to date anyone else. +e'll have to butter Angie up before we tell her the news about the broken vase. very important person (>I<) I thought I was "ust going to interview the secretary$ but they let me talk to the big cheese himself.*ood Idioms Idiom apple of one's eye (ha e a) bun in the o en bad egg Meaning a person that is adored by someone be pregnant Example Sentence =aby 0essica is the apple of her father's eye.

-he professor's daughter had her college diploma handed to her on a sil er platter. cream of the crop the best (don't) cry o er spilled milk get upset over -he mirror is broken and we can't something that has fix it. Ahoosing a location for our new store is a hot potato right now. . -he kids were full of beans after the circus.pera isn't exactly my cup of tea. -he unionised grocers have been en"oying the gra y train for twenty years. cool as a cucumber very relaxed I thought I was afraid of flying$ but I was cool as a cucumber all the way to (ngland. changed cup of coffee something you en"oy (usually used negatively) urge someone to do something be very cold have a lot of (silly) energy extremely good pay for minimal work receive without working for something difficult to understand (often a person) a controversial or difficult sub"ect simply Let's stop for a cup of +oe before we head to work. I fro&e my buns off at the ice rink.novels because I don't have to think. cup of +oe (not my) cup of tea egg someone on free&e one's buns off full of beans gra y train -he gang tried to egg us on but we didn't want to fight. In a nutshell$ I'm having a bad (ha e something) handed to someone on a sil er platter hard nut to crack hot potato in a nutshell . Angelo is a hard nut to crack when something is bothering him like this. -here's no need to cry o er happened and cannot be spilled milk. +e hired the cream of the crop to entertain us at the Ahristmas party.

peach fu&& piece of cake put all of ones eggs in one basket souped up sell like hot cakes spice things up made more powerful or stylish bought by many people make something more exciting reveal the truth spill the beans take something don't consider !ith a pinch (grain) something 1::C of salt accurate use your noodle use your brain . It's an extra difficult . -he new .arry <otter books sold like hot cakes. nuts about like a lot something. I wanted to spice things up in the office$ so I bought some red and gold paint. -he exam was a piece of cake.he reads much higher than her grade level.n %onday$ I'm going to spill the beans about my travel plans. (xcept for a bit of peach fu&&$ the baby came out bald. . ?ou're going to have to really use your noodle on this crossword pu))le. . ?our daughter is one smart cookie. someone out to lunch one smart cookie cra)y or mad a very intelligent person small amount of hair growth very easy rely on one single thing I'm nuts about classical music these days.arry has been out to lunch ever since he lost his "ob. -ake %andy's advice with a pinch of salt. (ven though I'm ma"oring in Art$ I'm taking a maths course because my Bad says I shouldn't put all of my eggs in one basket. -he car was souped up with shiny rims and a loud stereo. .he doesn't always do her research.

*ood Idioms %ui& 1 I "ust found out Anne has a wonder if it's a boy or a girl. 4 . +hen I eat too much sugar I am full of %ike wants to learn how to shave because he grew some fu)) on his chin. 5 +e had to the men on before they would come swimming with us. +e're taking dance lessons in hopes of things up in our relationship.orry$ but sausage rolls aren't my . . 9 1 : -ake everything you read on the Internet with a . . Bo you want to hear a "oke! .I 2 3 -he wine that I bought for dinner is the of the crop. 6 7 8 If you put all of your in one basket$ you might not get into any university.

-he rules we gave the kids were black and !hite.he was born !ith a sil er spoon in her mouth.(olour Idioms Idiom beet red Meaning dark red (usually to describe face) bruised and beaten straight forward$ very clear faint the odd or bad member of the group born into a rich family Example Sentence %y sister's face turned beet red when I caught her singing in front of a mirror.e dropped out of school at fifteen. black and blue black and !hite black out black sheep born !ith a sil er spoon in one's mouth . +e found the poor guy black and blue near the train tracks. . %y oldest brother was the black sheep in our family. . Eeiko hasn't worked a day in her life. Do answering the phone or the door. I always black out at the sight of blood.





-hey didn't bother inviting Aharles to the party because he's always a stick)in)the)mud. o er the hill rain on someone else's parade stick)in)the)mud past middle age ruin somebody else's happiness a loner or person who won't "oin in very fast a small part of a large problem accept at a later date ill in trouble (as) . know how things will turn out make a small problem seem big clear of danger +ho kno!s !hich !ay the !ind !ill blo!! I "ust hope 0esse gets one of the "obs he's applied for. -he doctor said my heart is doing better$ but I'm not out of the !oods yet. ?ou're making a mountain out of a molehill. have "ust enough money to It's hard to keep my head abo e live !ater with all of these medical bills.uick as lightning the tip of the iceberg take a rain check under the !eather up the creek .uick as lightning. -he lost tickets were "ust the tip of the iceberg. It's getting late. +henever I had a dance recital$ my older brother always rained on my parade. -he car only got a tiny dent.hit the hay hit the road keep one's head abo e !ater kno! !hich !ay the !ind blo!s make a mountain out of a molehill out of the !oods go to sleep leave I'm exhausted. I think I'll hit the hay early tonight. +e had better hit the road. I'd love to go out for dinner$ but can I take a rain check! I was feeling under the !eather so I went back to bed. +ow* ?our shower was as . I knew I was o er the hill when I started needing glasses to read. If my Bad finds out I had a party I'll be up the creek.

I guess it's time I . .eather Idioms %ui& 1 -he tickets were a last minute sale. 7 if I don't get to work .!in by a landslide (get) !ind of something win by a lot of points overhear something about someone or something (often gossip) -he skier in the green coat !on by a landslide. I'll be up the on time. %y Bad has a new girlfriend.n -onya's 5:th birthday we made her a sign that saidF . I felt like 4 =usiness has been going since the bad weather started. -eography and . 3 I was the only one who wasn't in costume. I got !ind of it over dinner tonight. ever cheap because it was 2 5 . I have to go make dinner. when Boug asked me 6 I was on cloud to marry him.

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