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Frog Idioms

Updated on June 17, 2018
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

What is an Idiom?

There is something about frogs that endear them to most people. These little amphibians are often thought of as being a bit quirky and comical. They have weaved their way into our language through a number of idioms and phrases.

We use idioms all the time, often without even realising it. Basically, an idiom has a different meaning than the basic meaning or definition of the words as found in a dictionary. In other words, an idiom is a phrase or an expression that cannot be taken literally.

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

A Frog on Wheels

If a Frog had wheels they wouldn't bump their butts - Idiom
If a Frog had wheels they wouldn't bump their butts - Idiom

A Collection of Frog Idioms - Sometimes They Can be Just Like Herding Frogs

1. Like Herding Frogs.

A way of saying that something is disorderly or chaotic.

Example Sentence: "Trying to keep those people queuing in an orderly fashion was like trying to herd frogs."

2. Fine as Frog Hair.

A way of saying that something is very fine.

Example Sentence: "I love this new sofa, its as fine as frog hair."

3. If Frogs Had Wheels, They Wouldn't Bump Their Butts.

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

Example Sentence: "I know you want to win the lottery, you need to get real, after all if frogs had wheels they wouldn't bump their butts."

4. A Big Frog in a Small Pond.

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

5. It's Raining Frogs.

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

A Chaotic Herd of Frogs

Like a herd of frogs - idiom
Like a herd of frogs - idiom | Source

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.

Frog Idiom number 6.

"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.

A Sleeping Frog
A Sleeping Frog | Source

"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.

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

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7. Frog Face

A derogatory phrase and somewhat of a rude way of addressing someone.

Example: "Look here, Frog Face, why are you looking at me that way".

8. 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.

9. Boiling Frog.

This idiom describes a situation that creeps up on you until its results are devastating. It is a metaphor taken from an anecdotal parable about a boiling frog. The frog was placed in boiling water and it immediately tries to save itself. But, a frog that is placed in cold water that is gradually brought to the boil will not notice the increasing heat until it is too late and so it boils to death.

With a Face Like That

Frog Face - Idiom
Frog Face - Idiom

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