Why do Rabbits Appear in Idioms?
Rabbits - who have thought that these furry little creatures could have inspired so many expressions and phrases to be incorporated into our everyday language.
While some bunny related idioms can be complimentary, others can be somewhat negative and derogatory. They certainly come with a diverse range of meanings.
This is not as surprising as we might first think, after all, while most people's initial reaction is to think of a cute little furry creature that you just want to hug, others among us may recall rabbits being portrayed as frantic, a bit loopy or silly. They provide a mechanism that allows us to express a wide range of thoughts covering a wide spectrum of our lives.
An idiom helps to make our speech more expressive and colourful and 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.
I hope that you enjoy this article as much as I have in putting it together.
Rabbit Sayings Numbers 1 to 3
1. Rabbit Food
An idiom that is often related to salads. For example: my brother says that salads are tasteless - they are for rabbits.
2. Like a Rabbit caught in the headlights
An idiom that describes what it is like to be that frightened or startled that you cannot move.
3. A Rabbit trail
An idiom and way of saying that a person or a discussion has gone off at a tangent. A winding trail that leads nowhere.
Rabbit Idiom #4
A term used to say that someone is stealing, pinching - for example "Those sailors will rabbit anything that isn't chained to the deck.
Rabbit Idioms 5 to 8
5. To Turn Rabbit
An idiom with a way of saying that someone turned away in fright. Sometimes used to say that someone has pulled out - or chickened out of something.
6. Harmless as a Pet Rabbit
An idiom that describes someone gentle / harmless.
7. To Hunt Two Hares
An idiom that says a person is trying to accomplish two tasks at the the same time and will not succeed in either.
8. Pour Salt on Hares Tails.
To bluff - to threaten.
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A Parody Song About Animal Idioms - From Pacifica High School Spring Plays Festival
Rabbit Idiomatic Expressions
9. Pull a Rabbit Out Of The Hat
To surprise someone by doing something they didn't think possible. Not surprisingly linked to magicians tricks - to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
10. Rabbit Punch
A way of describing a blow to the back of the head.
11. Jack Rabbit Start
An idiom that describes a very sudden start from a standstill.
12. Buy The Rabbit
A way of saying that a person is unsuccessful or has suffered a misfortune.
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Rabbit Idioms 13 to 14
13. Run With The Hare and Hunt With the Hounds.
A way of saying that you support both sides of an argument.
14. As Mad as a March Hare
A way of saying that a person is completely mad.
15. Bunny Hop
To hop like a bunny. Often associated with sporting activity, for example: a small jump carried out on a bicycle whilst the rider stands on the pedals.
16. Snuggle Bunny
A way of referring to the affection shown for a child or romantic partner.
17. Badge Bunny
A way of describing someone who likes to collect badges. Can be a derisory comment.
18. Gym Bunny
A way of describing someone who is somewhat obsessive about maintaining their physique in a gym. Spends a huge amount of time working out.
19. Happy Bunny
You may hear someone say "he is a happy bunny". In fact, they may be being sarcastic as they mean he is is fact very unhappy about something and is far from being happy.
20. Quick Like a Bunny
A way of saying be quick, hurry, act without delay.