Animal Idioms

Don't be a scaredy-cat, we wouldn't hurt a fly.

  1. 800-pound gorilla | see definition»

    one that is dominating or uncontrollable because of great size or power

  2. bull in a china shop | see definition»

    a person who breaks things or who often makes mistakes or causes damage in situations that require careful thinking or behavior

  3. busy bee | see definition»

    one who is very busy and active

  4. can of worms | see definition»

    a prolific source of troubles

  5. cat and mouse | see definition»

    a contrived action involving constant pursuit, near captures, and repeated escapes

  6. cats and dogs | see definition»

    in great quantities : very hard

  7. clam up | see definition»

    to become silent

  8. cold turkey | see definition»

    the act of stopping a bad habit (such as taking drugs) in a sudden and complete way

  9. dog days | see definition»

    the hottest time of the year

  10. elephant in the room | see definition»

    an obvious major problem or issue that people avoid discussing or acknowledging

  11. fish in the sea | see definition»

    used to say that there are many more people available for a romantic relationship

  12. have a cow | see definition»

    to become very angry, upset, etc.

  13. lion's share | see definition»

    the largest portion

  14. look a gift horse in the mouth | see definition»

    to look in a critical way at something that has been given to one

  15. monkey around | see definition»

    to do things that are not useful or serious : to waste time

  16. one-trick pony | see definition»

    one that is skilled in only one area

  17. pig out | see definition»

    to eat greedily : GORGE

  18. rabbit hole | see definition»

    a complexly bizarre or difficult state or situation conceived of as a hole into which one falls or descends

  19. scaredy-cat | see definition»

    an unduly fearful person

  20. sitting duck | see definition»

    an easy or defenseless target

  21. the cat's meow | see definition»

    used to say that someone or something is very appealing

  22. the straw that breaks/broke the camel's back | see definition»

    the last in a series of bad things that happen to make someone very upset, angry, etc.

  23. the world is someone's oyster | see definition»

    used to say that someone's life is good and he or she has the ability to do whatever he or she wants to do

  24. weasel out of | see definition»

    to avoid doing (something) by being dishonest, by persuading someone in a clever way, etc.

  25. when pigs fly | see definition»

    used to say that one thinks that something will never happen

  26. wild goose chase | see definition»

    a difficult and long search for something that is not important or that cannot be found

  27. wouldn't hurt a fly | see definition»

    to be too gentle to want to hurt anyone

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