Animal Idioms | Idioms Derived From The Names Of Animals

Take the bull by the horns

When you take the bull by the horns you face a difficult situation boldly.

Cat and dog life

If you and your partner are leading a cat and dog life, you are constantly quarrelling with each other.

Let the cat out of the bag

When you let the cat out of the bag you reveal a secret by mistake.

Rain cats and dogs

When it rains cats and dogs it rains very heavily.

Till the cows come home (for a very long time)

Cow someone into doing something (force someone to do something by threatening or frightening)

Dog in the manger (someone who doesn’t let another person do or have something which he himself cannot do or have)

Lead a dog’s life

When you lead a dog’s life, you live in abject misery.

Go to the dogs (be ruined)

Not a dog’s chance (no chance at all)

Eat like a horse (eat a lot)

Put the cart before the horse (reverse the logical order of things)

The lion’s share (the biggest portion/share)

Monkey about/around (behave in a foolish or silly way)

Play a cat-and-mouse game with someone (keep someone in a state of suspense or uncertainty)

Rat race (the fierce, unending competition for success or wealth)

Smell a rat (have a feeling that something is wrong somewhere)

Separate the sheep from the goats (choose people or things of high quality from a group of mixed quality)