Do you like animals? Here are some animal idioms for you!
🐴 Hold your horses – to stop and consider carefully before acting
“Just hold your horses, Benjamin! Let’s think about this for a moment,” I said.
🐷 When pigs fly – a way of saying that something will never happen
“I am sure that Nathan would be happy to pay for everyone — when pigs fly, that is,” Alice quipped.
🐟 A different kettle of fish – saying that something is very different from another thing that you are talking about
You may be able to read Chinese characters well, but speaking it fluently is a different kettle of fish .
🐱 Cat got your tongue? – used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything
“Is that my necklace on your neck?” my sister asked. “What’s the matter? Cat got your tongue?”
🐶 Let sleeping dogs lie – to leave disagreements in the past
Why must he keep bringing up the past? Why can’t he let sleeping dogs lie?
🐘 The elephant in the room – an obvious truth or fact, especially one regarded as embarrassing or undesirable, that is being intentionally ignored or left unaddressed
We all ate our food quietly. No one wanted to bring up the elephant in the room about Siew Lan’s suspension from school.
🐔 Running around like a headless chicken – behaving or moving in an uncontrolled or disorganized way, and not thinking calmly or logically
I should give myself enough time before the deadline so that I do not have to be running around like a headless chicken at the last minute.
🐄 Cash cow – something, such as a product or business, that is a reliable source or profit
This old property is a cash cow. It generates about $80,000 a year in rental income for us.
🦆 A sitting duck– to be an easy target
The frontline healthcare workers who handle infected patients are sitting ducks to the virus.
🐢 Turn turtle– to capsize or overturn
The crew told us to wear a life jacket because there is always a chance that the boat could turn turtle.