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IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS by Mind Map: IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS
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IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS

DONKEY

DO THE DONKEY WORK

The hard work., EX: Tom´s report is excellent, but remember that it was assistant who did the donkey work, compiling facts and figures from miles of computer print - out.

WHALE

A WHALE TIME

Really enjoy yourself, EX: The children are having a whale of time.

CAT

NOT STAND A CAT IN HELL´S CHANCE

To have no chance of achieving something., EX: Do you think Rod will get the job that he applied for?. No, in my opinion he does not stand a cat in hell´s chance.

LET THE CAT OUT OF THE BAG

To reveal a secret or surprised by accident., EX: How did you find out abput the party? Well, it was Jeff who let the cat out of the bag.

CAT AND DOGS: RAINING CATS AND DOGS

Raining in great amounts., EX: It is raining cats and dogs.

CAT NAP

If you have a short sleep during the day you are cat napping., EX: She´s having a cat nap.

DOG

GO TO THE DOG

Less succesful than it was in the past., EX: What a pity to let such a lovely old house go to the dogs like that.

BARKING DOGS SELDOM BITE

People who make big threats never usually carry them out., EX: Old Mr. Fletcher is always complaining about the children making a noise and kicking theri football into his garden. He is threatened to call the police, but i am shure he will not. Barking dogs seldom bite.

SNAIL

AT A SNAILS PACE

Very slowly., EX: The traffic´s going at a snails pace.

COCODRILE

COCODRILE TEARS

Crying to much., EX: She´s crying cocodrile tears.

BEAST

EATING AS A BEAST

Eat in a non apropiate way., EX: Johnny is eating as a beast of himself again.

LARK

BE UP WTH THE LARK

Awake and out of your bed early in the morning., EX: Every morning he is upping with the lark.

INSECTS

HAVE A BEEIN ONES BONNET

Have an idea that continually occupies ones thougths., EX: He has a bee in his bonnet abouyt living to be a hundred, and he won´t eat anything that contains animal fat.

HAVE BUTTERFLIES IN ONE´S STOMACH

To be very nervous about something., EX: I always have butterfiles in my stomach before an exam.

RAT

To suspect that something is wrong.

EX: I´m surprised that Greg didn´t sense that something was wrong. In his posistion, I think I would have smelled a rat.

HOLD ONE´S HORSES (HORSE)

To retrain oneself

EX: Will you let me drive your new car? Hold your horses.