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Birds, Reptiles and Creatures in English Proverbs and Sayings
Meet Birds, Reptiles and Creepy Crawlies - Proverbs and Sayings!
English language is very rich in similes, metaphors, proverbs and sayings.
Here you will find many figures of speech about birds, reptiles and creepy crawly things like spiders, flies and even dragons.
See how many of these English expressions you know!
If you are English speaking, you will find this fun, and if you are learning English as a second language, you will find many helpful phrases which will help you to improve your Englsih in an enjoyable way.
Image: Crow by Diana Grant of Glorious Confusion
Proverbs and Sayings About Birds:
He chickened out - he dropped out because he was afraid
Don't count your chickens till they hatch - Don't rely on things which haven't happened yet
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush - better to have something than nothing at all
Bird brained - forgetful
A birdie - a golfing term for a hole in one
A wise old owl - somebody clever or street-wise
As the crow flies - straight
To crow - to boast triumphantly
hawk-eyed - noticing everything
To hawk your wares - to sell
As hard as putting salt on a sparrow's tail - almost impossible
One swallow doesn't make a summer - you can't make a generalisation from just one event
Sing like a bird - to sing beautifully
Sing like a canary - to disclose secrets under pressure
To parrot something - to copy
A polly parrot -Someone who keeps repeating what you say
Pigeon-toed - feet that turn in
A vulture - someone who preys on other people
Chicken Livered - cowardly
A Little Dicky Bird Told Me -I am not saying who told me
Not a Dicky - Not a word (comes from Cockney rhyming slang - dicky bird = word)
A Kiwi - A New Zealander
An Ostrich - Someone who is hiding their head in the sand and, therefore, refuses to accept what is evident
A Gannet - A greedy person
Proverbs and Sayings About Reptiles...
To Snake - To wind (e.g. a path winding through a field)
Like a Chamelion - Someone who blends in or changes their appearance to fit the circumstances
Crocodile tears - pretending to be unhappy when you are really glad
A snake in the grass - Someone who is likely to harm you if you aren't careful
You have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince - It's difficult to find someone suitable
Leap frog - to go up one level
A frog in your throat - a slight cough
Toad-in-the-hole - sausages in batter
To toady - to act obsequiously
A Dragon - someone fiery and bad-tempered
Draconian - harsh
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I wrote this little poem:
The crocodile is a gruesome creature
Green slime drips from every feature
His tongue is pink, his breath is vile
I do not trust his toothy smile
The crocodile is a fearsome creature
If you go near he may well eat yer
He lurks on the bank of the great Zambezi
Escape from him would not be easy
Â© Diana Grant
Proverbs and Sayings about Creepy Crawlies
To Give Someone a Flea in the Ear - To give them a sharp reprimand
Like Bees Round a Honeypot - To be strongly attracted
Waspish - Sharply irritable, spiteful
To be fly - To be streetwise or clever
A Fly in the Ointment - A minor irritation which spoils something
A Fly-By-Night - Unreliable or untrustworthy
A Spider's Web - A lair
To Create a Spider's Web of Lies - To create a tissue of lies
Ants in your Pants - You can't sit still
At a Snail's Pace - Very slowly
To Feel Sluggish - Jaded or lacking energy
A Leech - a person who lives off or makes a profit from someone
The Worm Turns - If you push a quiet person too far they will turn on you
A Fly on the Wall - An unnoticed observer
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- English Proverbs and Sayings About Boundaries, Walls and Fences
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