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Rabbit Idioms

Updated on June 11, 2019
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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.

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.

Everyone knows that rabbits like carrots
Everyone knows that rabbits like carrots

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.

There is nothing quite like a Startled Rabbit
There is nothing quite like a Startled Rabbit

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.

As harmless as a pet rabbit - idiom
As harmless as a pet rabbit - idiom

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A Parody Song About Animal Idioms - From Pacifica High School Spring Plays Festival

Who doesn't instantly recognise the magic of this image
Who doesn't instantly recognise the magic of this image

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.

Why not try out these Idiom tests - just for fun...... - just fill in the missing word

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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.

Don't mess with the March Hare - he is mad!
Don't mess with the March Hare - he is mad!

Bunny Idioms

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.


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      7 weeks ago

      Thank you for this article. really interesting. It is motivating to learn everyday something different or new that make us a little bit more knowledgeable.

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      6 months ago from Spain

      Really, really interesting! I listen to some English expressions from time to time, from my students, and it's even funny to check if we,Spanish speakers, have a similar expression in my language. Very interesting, I learned a lot!

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      6 years ago from Redcar

      @CrazyHomemaker: Thank you - very much appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      Cute lens! You have some interesting lenses.

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      6 years ago

      Cute lens! You have some interesting lenses.

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      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      @lionmom100: Thanks for the visit. Appreciated.

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      6 years ago

      This is a fun lens. Some of the idioms were new to me.

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      7 years ago

      All y'all Brits talk funny ... :) Nice lens!

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      John Dyhouse 

      7 years ago from UK

      Enjoyed this lens.

      Cockneys use the term rabbit to signify excess talking. E.g. all she does is rabbit on all day.

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      7 years ago

      "Rabbit Ears" I humbly contribute matey.

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      8 years ago

      So idiomically word, just for you!

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      8 years ago

      I kind of expected to see "Hop To It" ... that's bunny related. Another fun lens on idioms!

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      8 years ago

      The expression "Punching Cattle on a Jack Rabbit" also means that Texans are so hot that they can do anything. This is also the tithe of my next art show. Although I am Canadian and live in West Virginia...

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      8 years ago

      I learned a lot here! thank you

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      8 years ago

      "Quick like a bunny" is an idiom I use a lot, and it always raises a smile. Great, fun lens.

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      8 years ago

      You've got a good lens franchise here!

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really enjoyed your lens. very nice one.

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      sorana lm 

      8 years ago

      LOL .. very funny lens. Love it.

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      8 years ago

      Glad I hopped by- nice lens. Thanks

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      8 years ago

      love rabbit! rabbit carrot always together..great lens!

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      8 years ago

      Fun lens. Thanks for sharing. s

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      8 years ago

      Nice content. Rabbits are really nice creatures. My real favorites are pigs. Little piglets are so cute that I cannot fill it into words.

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      8 years ago

      Nice lens! Fortunately I didn't fall down the rabbit hole when I stumbled upon your lens.


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