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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

an early bird                                   a pack rat

a paper tiger                                   a party animal

a pig in a poke                                a rat race

a red herring                                  a red rag to a bull

as blind as a bat                             as busy as a bee

as fat as a pig                                as free as a bird

as gruff as a bear                           as hungry as a wolf

a sitting duck                                 a snake in the grass

a snake oil salesman                      as mad as a wrongly shot hog

as poor as a church mouse              as scarce as hen’s teeth

as sly as fox                                  as strong as an ox

as stubborn as a mule                    a stalking horse

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a stool pigeon                                as quiet as a mouse

as sick as a dog                             as the crow flies

as weak as a kitten                        as wild as a tiger

at a snail’s pace                             a white elephant

act the goat                                  an eager beaver

an eagle eye                                 a wild goose chase

awkward as a cow on roller skates

a wolf in sheep’s clothing               a worm’s eye view

back the wrong horse                    barking dogs seldom bite

barking up the wrong tree              bear hug

be as bald as a coot                       as dead as a dodo

be as gentle as a lamb                   be as slippery as an eel

badger someone                            beard the lion in his den

be as mad as a hornet                    beat a dead horse

be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed      be chasing your tail

bear market                                  bell the cat

bet on the wrong horse                  big fish in a small pond

bigger fish to fry                            bird has flown

birds and the bees                         birds of a feather

birds in their little nests agree         bitch and moan

bitten by the bug                           bitten by the same bug

black sheep                                   breed like rabbits

break the back of the beast             bull-headed

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A donkey in fact is a beasts of burden. 

I’m such a birdbrain. I also forgot to tank up at the gas station. 

Almost since the first day, he had been living a cat and dog life with his wife.

If I could take a catnap now, I probably would feel much better later on.
He is a chicken-hearted man, and still afraid of the dark.

Eric always got good grades, so his unruly peers see him as a cuckoo in the nest.
Anthony felt like a fish out of water when he met his girlfriend’s parents.

We are in fact looking for a volunteer to act as guinea pigs for a new AIDS vaccine.

Eric always got good grades, so his unruly peers see him as a cuckoo in the nest. 

He is a chicken-hearted man, and still afraid of the dark. 


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

You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience.
I want to be a fly on the wall when he is here.

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 I have been in fact an early bird my whole life. 

We see our opponent as nothing more than a paper tiger. 

I want to see the laptop before I agree to the price. 

Ethnical disagreement is in fact a red herring to divert public attention from embezzlement.

The tourist in fact was a sitting duck for local thieves.

He looks honest but in fact he is a snake in the grass.

I need you to keep an eye on the kids, while I’m out.

 When Sophia wears high heels, she is awkward as a cow on roller skates.

You can approach the project from either a bird’s eye or a worm’s eye view.

I don’t want to back the wrong horse, but I think Jimmy a better candidate.

Disco music was popular in the past, but now it is as dead as a dodo.

He keeps trying to fix the computer, but I think he is beating a dead horse.

John was as mad as a hornet when his car was stolen.

He continues to refuse my calls, so I have to go to his office and beard the lion in his den.

This task is very dangerous. But someone has to bell the cat.

I don’t want to bet the wrong horse, but I think Jimmy a better candidate.


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