It’s a Barnyard Full of Animal Idioms
·Updated on 3 June 2015
These idioms about animals are the cat’s meow. Here’s a short list of animal-related idioms and what they mean:
- Curiosity Killed the Cat: asking a lot of questions can get you into trouble.
I’d be careful with your investigation. Curiosity killed the cat, after all.
- Cry Wolf: give a cry for help or alarm when there is no danger.
He cried wolf so many times before that when he was attacked, no one came to his rescue.
- Beat a Dead Horse: talk about an idea or issue over and over again.
I don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but I really think we need to go over our sales strategy again.
- Sick As a Dog: incredibly sick.
I tried to get out of bed this morning, but I’m sick as a dog.
- For the Birds: something that is not worth one’s time; unimportant.
Don’t worry about those little details; they’re for the birds.
- Smell a rat: suspect inauthenticity or deliberate trickery.
He says he just wants to help our cause, but I smell a rat.
If you want to learn more about idioms, read this post explaining idioms about money.
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