Animal Idioms

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long in the tooth

Meaning: aging; elderly.

Example: He's getting a bit long in the tooth to be playing professional football. Read more ➺

cash cow

Meaning: a consistently profitable business or product that requires minimal effort.

Example: Despite its age, the software continued to be a cash cow, generating immense revenue without any major updates. Read more ➺

until the cows come home

Meaning: for a long time or indefinitely.

Example: I'll keep drawing pictures on the sidewalk with chalk until the cows come home. Read more ➺

monkey see monkey do

Meaning: blindly copying others' actions without critical thinking.

Example: The kids copied the teacher's moves, like "monkey see, monkey do," during the dance. Read more ➺

all hat and no cattle

Meaning: Someone who talks big but doesn't follow through with action.

Example: Despite his speeches, the politician was all hat and no cattle. Read more ➺

wolf in sheep’s clothing

Meaning: deceptive appearance, like a dangerous person disguised as harmless.

Example: The new employee was a wolf in sheep's clothing, stealing company secrets. Read more ➺

sick as a dog

Meaning: refers to extreme physical illness or discomfort.

Example: After eating that questionable seafood, he spent the entire night vomiting and feeling as sick as a dog. Read more ➺

poke the bear

Meaning: to intentionally provoke or instigate a confrontation with someone who is known to be easily angered or irritated.

Example: Criticizing the boss's decisions is a sure way to poke the bear at work. Read more ➺

let the cat out of the bag

Meaning: to reveal a secret by mistake.

Example: I wanted to keep my job offer a secret, but my little brother overheard and let the cat out of the bag. Read more ➺

beat a dead horse

Meaning: spend time and effort on things that are hopeless and unchangeable.

Example: Tom still has hope that his wife will come back to him, but he is actually beating a dead horse. Read more ➺