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Frog Idioms

Updated on September 16, 2014

What is an Idiom?

Welcome to my lens of Frog Idioms.

There are a number of idioms that are related to frogs. Some are negative and derogatory, but some can be positive and complimentary.

An idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.

When you use an idiom in everyday language, then it has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary.

An example of this might be "we are all in the same boat." If taken literally, then you are being told that you are in boat along with everyone else, However, this phrase, or idiom is often used by people to say that we are all facing the same challenges.

"Fine as Frog Hair."

A way of saying that something is very fine.

"Like Herding Frogs.

A way of saying that something is disorderly or chaotic.

The Frog at the Bottom of the Well

A Chinese Frog Idiom

"A way of saying that someone has limited vision."

The story of a frog who lived at the bottom of a well. Eventually, the frog saw a passing turtle who lived in the sea which was near the wells edge.

The Frog told the turtle how happy he was living in the well, and how he could hop along the edge of the well, and that when he was tired he could always go back into the well for a sleep. The frog also told the turtle how he could swim for fun with only his head and mouth above the water, and how he could even walk in the mud. The frog explained that all the tadpoles and crabs envied him as he was the master of his well. He was free to do whatever he liked. The frog beckoned to the turtle to come in and see how good it was.

At first the turtle wanted to go into the well, but as he was taking a step into it, the turtle caught one of his feet in the well fence, the turtle stepped back immediately and then began to describe the sea to the frog. "Have you ever seen the sea? It is thousands of miles across and thousands of feet deep. Long ago it rained for nine out of ten years - but the sea didn't swell that much. Later, there was a drought for seven years out of eight - but the sea didn't fall that much. So you see, neither floods or droughts have much effect on the sea. It is a much better place to live than this well." The frog was stunned and said nothing.

"If Frogs had Wheels, They Wouldn't Bump Their Butts.

A way of saying that it is useless to wish for impossible things.

"He knows no more about it that a Frog knows about Bedsheets."

A way of saying that a person has no knowledge on the subject being discussed.

"To Have a Frog in your Throat."

Meaning that you are unable to speak clearly, so much so that you usually have to cough to clear your throat.

"A Big Frog in a Small Pond."

A way of saying that a person is powerful or important when among less important people.

Time for a bit of fun - The Frog Song from YouTube - I hope that enjoy it....

"It's Raining Frogs."

A way of saying that something truly abnormal or disturbing is about to happen.

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      Avi Wolfson 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great lens!