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a beast of burden

a bird brain

a bull in china shop

a bird eye’s view

a cash cow

a bird of passage

a cat and dog life

a catnap

a chicken hearted man

a cock and bull story

act as a guinea pig

a cuckoo in the nest

a dark horse

a fat cat

a fish out of water

ahead of the pack

a lame duck

albatross around your neck

a little bird told me

all bark no bite

all cats are grey in the dark

alley cat

a bee in bonnet

a big fish

a can of worms

a charley horse

a chicken and egg situation

a cold fish

a dead duck

a fly on the wall

a fraidy-cat

a Frankenstein’s monster

a grin like a Cheshire cat

a guinea pig

a harebrained idea

a horse of a different color

a kangaroo court

a leopard can’t change its spots

a lone wolf

a mare’s nest

a mare’s nest

a monkey on back

angry as a bear

a night owl

ants in your pants

a one-horse race

idioms animals

a cat and dog life an unhappy and full of quarrels life: Almost since the first day, he had been living a cat and dog life with his wife.
a catnap a short sleep: If I could take a catnap now, I probably would feel much better later on.
a chicken hearted man a coward person: He is a chicken-hearted man, and still afraid of the dark.
a cuckoo in the nest an unwelcome person in a group: Eric always got good grades, so his unruly peers see him as a cuckoo in the nest.
a fish out of water uncomfortable because you are in an unusual or unfamiliar situation: Anthony felt like a fish out of water when he met his girlfriend’s parents.


ahead of the pack more successful than those people you are competing with: This kind of technic will keep you ahead of the pack.
a lame duck a person or thing that is disabled, helpless or in trouble and needs help: Lucy always has to have a lame duck to look after.
a little bird told me when you do not want to reveal the source of the information: How did you find out it was my birthday?
all bark no bite all talk and no action: Ezra looks like a gangster but, he is all bark and no bite.

alley cat a homeless cat: I once fed an alley cat and now it comes to my house every day.

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a chicken and egg situation said when it is difficult to tell which one of two things was the cause of the other: You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience.
a fly on the wall an unnoticed observer or listener: I love to be a fly on the wall during the negotiations.





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