Common Animal Idioms In English
Idioms are common in both speech and writing. Although you do not have to learn all the idioms in English, you must be familiar with the most common ones.
Straight from the horse’s mouth
When you hear something straight from the horse’s mouth, you hear it from the person actually involved.
John and Mary are getting married. I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.
Mutton dressed (up) as lamb
Used to describe an older woman who wears clothes that are more suitable for a much younger woman
To pull a rabbit out of the hat
To pull a rabbit out of the hat is to surprise everyone by doing something clever
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Someone who is dangerous but pretends to be harmless
Beware of him. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
To be a chicken / to be chicken livered
If you are a chicken you are a coward.
Don’t be such a chicken.
To be like a dog with two tails
When you are like a dog with two tails, you are very happy.
Gone to the dogs
When a business goes to the dogs it becomes less successful than it was. When a country goes to the dogs, it becomes less prosperous.
Like a fish out of water
When you are like a fish out of water, you are uncomfortable.
To be a fly on the wall
To want to be somewhere secretly, so that you can overhear what is said
To be as sly as a fox / a sly old fox
To be very clever or cunning
Don’t trust him. He is a sly old fox.
Something is fishy
When something is fishy, it is suspicious.