Some common animal idioms
Here are some common animal idioms in English.
To be a chicken / to be chicken livered
To be a chicken is to be a coward
- I can’t believe that he asked her out yesterday. He is such a chicken.
To be like a dog with two tails
When you are like a dog with two tails, you are very happy.
- When he found out that he’d won the first prize, he was like a dog with two tails.
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.
- The business has gone to the dogs since he became the CEO.
Like a fish out of water
When you are like a fish out of water, you are uncomfortable.
- When she started talking about her ex-boyfriends, he looked like a fish out of water.
Something is fishy
When something is fishy, it is suspicious.
- There was something fishy in the way he answered my questions.
To be a fly on the wall
To be a fly on the wall is to want to be somewhere secretly, so that you can overhear what is said
- I would love to have been a fly on the wall when they discussed their secret plans.
To be as sly as a fox / a sly old fox
When you are as sly as a fox, you are very cunning.
- He managed to escape before the police arrived. He is a sly old fox.
To get someone’s goat
When something gets your goat, it really upsets you.
- The whole time I was singing she kept herself busy talking on her phone. She really got my goat.