Animal idioms
made by Angela & Lily
cow
When I told my mom I would be home around 2 am, she had a cow! a) My mom was really upset. b) My mom bought a baby cow c) My mom is really strange.
You can't sell the cow and drink the milk. ??熊掌不可兼得
sacred cow 不可冒犯的人或物 Why buy the cow when the milk is free 何必?了一棵?而放?整片森林
fish
to be a fish out of water
? How would you feel if you were put in unfamiliar surroundings? Scared and unsure of what to do? When this happens, you can say you feel like a fish out of water.
Example: On my first day in my new school, I felt like a fish out of water.
When the telephone salesman told me I could buy some concert tickets for only $
  10.00 if I gave him my credit card number, it seemed a little fishy to me, so I hung up the phone.
a) I thought he was dishonest and I felt suspicious of him. b) I thought he smelled like a fish and I didn't like that. c) I thought he was playing a joke.
? cold fish 冷淡的人
drink like a fish 酒喝得很多;酗酒 酒喝得很多; There are other fish in the sea. 天涯何??芳草
cat
Frank: Why didn't your brother ride the roller coaster with us? Sam: Oh, he's such a scaredy cat! He won't ride on any fast rides. a) Sam's brother didn't go to the roller coaster. b) Sam's brother is afraid to ride the roller coaster. C Sam's brother is a cat.
cat nap/sleep 小睡
Cat got your tongue? 你舌?打??? 你舌?打??? bell the cat 做危?的事 Curiosity killed the cat. 勿多管?事
dog
I never learned how to use a computer, so I lost my job to a new employee. It's a dog-eat-dog world.
It is a competitive world, only the best will keep their jobs
? a "dog" in the "manger"(?槽 ???巢;?著毛坑不 ?槽) ?槽 ???巢; 拉屎 an old dog can’t learn new tricks 老狗,?不了新招 Barking dogs seldom bite. ?叫的狗不?咬人 dog's life. 生活??
chicken
If someone is described, or describes themselves as no spring chicken, what do they mean?
A. They are not young. B. They do not like spring C. They weren’t born in the spring. D. They are not cute.
Chicken, cock (公? hen (母? rooster (公? 公?), 母?), 公?) 公? 母? 公? ? a hen party 女性聚? chicken out ?怯而?手;???逃 henpeck ?丈夫作威作福 better to be the head of a duck than the ass of a horse ???首不?牛後
horse
亡羊补牢
e
Lock the stable after the horse has gone.
Example: It is not too late to lock the stable after the Horse has gone.
? Don't put the cart before the horse. 不要本末 倒置
Don‘t look a gift horse in the mouth. 受?之?,勿探其? (?人送的?不?挑剔)
eat like a horse 吃得很多
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink. ?父???修行在?人
 

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