5 Simple English Animal Idioms
Animals often provide inspiration for idioms and expressions. Idioms make your writing come alive and animal idioms are a special class of idioms that people might be able to relate to especially easily, because of the nature of animals. For example, dogs are man’s best friend, and we often think of dogs with characteristic qualities such as being friendly, donkeys as being stubborn, parrots as talkative, pigs as lazy.... even the physical qualities of animals can provide inspiration for language or idiomatic expressions - like the long neck of the giraffe, long legs of the ostrich, large size of the whale....
In this hub, I will share 5 common and simple idioms that drew reference to animals.
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- 5 Common and Simple English Idioms
Idioms are are expressions that people use to add color, flavor, and life to their language. Without idioms, writing and speech would become rather boring and bland. In this hub, I will introduce idioms that...
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1. A dog with two tails
Dogs wag their tails when they are feeling happy, friendly, welcoming. What about a dog with two tails? It must so excited and happy. This idiom describes someone who displays exceeding excitement, happiness and pride because of some special occasion or achievement.
Examples of the idiom ‘a dog with two tails’:
- After James won a million dollars on the reality show, he was like a dog with two tails.
- Michelle was so delighted and proud, just like a dog with two tails when she found out that she has been chosen to represent her school in the sports competition.
- Since receiving a job promotion, Mark has been like a dog with two tails, telling everyone about the good news.
2. A bull in a china shop
A china shop refers to a shop selling ceramic ware, not a shop in China. China ware is fragile and easily broken. Bulls are associated with violence and anger. If a bull entered a china shop, it would spell disaster and create a huge mess. Thus this idiom describes a clumsy or tactless person.
Examples of the idiom ‘a bull in a china shop’:
- Matt is like a bull in a china shop during our project meetings, he is neither patient nor diplomatic when dealing with the opinions and ideas of the group members.
- My little cousin has just figured out how to run, seeing him exploring the toy shop reminds my of a bull in a china shop.
- Sometimes, when Linda is in a bad mood, she can get rather abrasive, and her behavior can be like a bull in a china shop.
3. A cat on hot bricks
A cat on hot bricks describes someone who is tense, restless, excited or nervous. It is a little hard to imagine, but hot bricks are really hard to walk on. If you imagine cats, they seem to have this air of confidence and unshakability all the time. A cat walking on hot bricks paints the opposite picture of a typical cat curled up on comfy silk cushions or striding across the living room.
Examples of the idiom ‘a cat on hot bricks’:
- Just before her senior recital, Jill was so nervous like a cat on hot bricks.
- It was my first trip to the dentist, and I felt like a cat on hot bricks.
- If you had to walk on a stony path without wearing any shoes, you’d feel nervous like a cat on hot bricks.
4. A flea market
It a little hard to draw the link to fleas, but a flea market market refers to a place that sells second hand items or antique items.
Examples of the idiom ‘a flea market’:
- I bought this retro dress from a flea market.
- I didn’t expect to find such an interesting antique vase at the flea market.
- At a flea market, you can expect to find good second hand goods at an affordable price.
5. A frog in one’s throat
This refers to the moments when we are unable to speak because of phlegm or mucus in the throat.
Examples of the idiom ‘a frog in one’s throat’:
- Tim had to clear his throat mid-sentence because there was a frog in his throat.
- While the teacher was giving her class, she interrupted her lesson and said ‘excuse me, I need to clear my throat as there is a frog in my throat.’
- Whenever there is a frog in my throat, my voice gets a little hoarse and I feel like drinking water.
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