Idioms with Animals
Idioms are one of the hardest things to understand and learn in a non-native language, but they are also what help speakers sound more natural. Check out just a few of the English idioms that use animals.
A fish out of water:If you feel like a fish out of water, you feel uncomfortable in unfamiliar surroundings.
Example: As a non-golfer, I felt like a fish out of water at the clubhouse.
To take the bulls by the horns: To take the bull by the horns means that a person decides to act decisively in order to deal with a difficult situation or problem.
Example: When the argument turned into a fight, the bar owner took the bull by the horns and called the police.
Snug as a bug in a rug: a humorous way to say that you are warm and comfortable.
Example: Wrapped up in a blanket on the sofa, Sophie looked as snug as a bug in a rug.
Like a headless chicken: If a person rushes about like a headless chicken, they act in a disorderly way, without thinking or analyzing the situation carefully.
Example: As soon as the store opened, my mother started running around like a headless chicken, eager to find bargains.
Note: You can also say running around like a chicken with its head cut off.
Night owl: Someone who is lively and active at night and goes to bed very late is called night owl.
Example: I work better in the evenings than in the morning. My friends say I’m a night owl.
Note: The opposite, someone who is active early in the morning is called an early bird.
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