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IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS 1

People who have ants in their pants are very


Ants in one's pants
restless or excited about something
If someone is behaving like a bear with a sore
Like a bear with a sore head
head, they are very irritable and bad-tempered.
If you say that someone or something is
The bee's knees the bee's knees, you think they are
exceptionally good.
To say that two people are birds of a
Birds of a feather feather means that they are very similar in
many ways.
If you kill two birds with one stone, you
Kill two birds with one stone.
succeed in doing two things at the same time.
This is a humorous way of saying that you are
Snug as a bug in a rug.
warm and comfortable.
To take the bull by the horns means that a
Take the bull by the horns person decides to act decisively in order to
deal with a difficult situation or problem.
This expression refers to someone who
Cat's whiskers considers themselves to be better than others
(also: the cat's pyjamas) in a particular area – beauty
competence, intelligence, sport, etc.
If it's raining cats and dogs, it's raining very
Raining cats and dogs
heavily.
If you chicken out of something, you decide
Chicken out of something
not to do something because you are afraid.
If you eat crow, you admit that you were wrong
Eat crow
about something and apologize.
This expression refers to distance measured in
As the crow flies
a straight line.
This expression refers to intense competition
Dog eat dog and rivalry in pursuit of one's own interests,
with no concern for morality.
A person referred to as a dog in the
Dog in the manger manger is someone who stops others enjoying
something he cannot use or doesn't want.
To describe something as a dog's
A dog's breakfast
breakfast means that it is a complete mess.
To say that a company, organization or country
is going to the dogs means that it is
Go to the dogs
becoming less successful or efficient than
before.
If you tell somebody to let sleeping dogs lie,
Let sleeping dogs lie you are asking them not to interfere with a
situation because they could cause problems.
This expression means that if someone loves
you, they must loveeverything about you,
Love me, love my dog
including everyone and everything that you
love.
This expression is used to describe the
Donkey work
unpleasant, boring parts of a job.
This expression is used to describe a very
Talk the hind leg off a donkey
talkative person.
If you feel like a fish out of water , you feel
Fish out of water uncomfortable because of an unfamiliar
situation or unfamiliar surroundings.
Complete the following sentences with one of the expressions above.

1. Julie is the ____________________ . Not only is she clever, but kind,


beautiful and very active.
2. As a non-golfer, I __________________ at the clubhouse, totally out of
place.
3. He had no option but to _________________admit that his analysis was
wrong.
4. Ever since she got a promotion, she thinks she's
the __________________ . She has such a high opinion of herself.
5. It's difficult to end a conversation with Betty. She could -
_______________________
6. I wish he'd relax. He's _____________________ about something
today!
7. By studying on the train on the way home every week-end, Claire
____________________. She travels and studies at the same time.
8. If you want to be in a relationship with him, you must be willing to
accept the way he is withouth trying to change him. It is a case of
_____________________.
9. The business world is tough today, and no one wants to take any moral
responsibility. There's a general ___________________ attitude."
10. The new secretary made _________________ out of the filing system!
Everything was a complete mess. Nothing was in the right place.
11. Look - they've settled their differences. It's time to
_____________________, so do not mention the incident in their presence.
12. It's two miles from here to the station _______________________, but
of course it's much further by road.
13. Wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa, she looked
__________________________.
14. He decided to join a karate class, but ______________________ of it
at the last minute!
15. I do _____________________- - my boss gets the credit!
16. We'll have to cancel the picnic I'm afraid. It's
________________________.
17. Bob's a real ___________________; he's not free to play golf but
he won't lend his golf clubs to anyone.
18. Very soon the three of us were ___________________, We had
become the best of mates, and always worked together
19. When his team lost the match, Brad ______________________. You
couldn’t even talk to him.
20. Some think the company will ___________________ if it is
nationalized.
21. After a number of children were hurt in the school playground, Sally
___________________________ and called the headmaster.

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1. Julie thinks she's the bee's knees, I mean, she has too high an opinion of herself!
2. As a non-golfer, I felt like a fish out of water at the clubhouse.
3. He had no option but to eat crow and admit that his analysis was wrong.
4. Ever since she got a promotion, she thinks she's the cat's whiskers!
5. It's difficult to end a conversation with Betty. She could talk the hind leg off a donkey!"
6. I wish he'd relax. He's got ants in his pants about something today!
7. By studying on the train on the way home every week-end, Claire kills two birds with one
stone.
8. If you want to be in a relationship with him, you must be willing to accept the way he
is withouth trying to change him. It is a case of love me, love my dog.
9. The business world is tough today, and no one wants to take any moral responsibility.
There's a general dog-eat-dog attitude."
10. The new secretary made a dog's breakfast out of the filing system! Everything was a
complete mess.
11. Look - they've settled their differences. It's time to let sleeping dogs lie, so do not mention
the incident in their presence.
12. It's two miles from here to the station as the crow flies, but of course it's much further by
road.
13. Wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa, she looked as snug as a bug in a rug.
14. He decided to join a karate class, but chickened out of it at the last minute!
15. I do the donkey work - my boss gets the credit!
16. We'll have to cancel the picnic I'm afraid. It's raining cats and dogs.
17. Bob's a real dog in the manger; he's not free to play golf but he won't lend his golf clubs to
anyone.
18. Very soon the three of us were like birds of a feather, We had become the best of mates,
and always worked together
19. When his team lost the match, Brad was like a bear with a sore head.
20. Some think the company will go to the dogs if it is nationalized.
21. After a number of children were hurt in the school playground, Sally took the bull by the
horns and called the headmaster.

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