Bird Idioms

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pecking order

Meaning: a hierarchy of status seen among a group of people or animals.

Example: In the corporate world, understanding the pecking order is crucial for navigating office politics. Read more ➺

rule the roost

Meaning: to be in charge or control of a group or activity.

Example: After the merger, it became clear that the new CEO would rule the roost in the restructured company. Read more ➺


Meaning: to assign to a particular category, especially in a manner that is too rigid or exclusive.

Example: She felt that her colleagues had pigeonholed her as just a secretary. Read more ➺

chickens come home to roost

Meaning: everyone eventually faces the consequences of their actions.

Example: After years of exploiting others, his wealth vanished overnight, and the chickens came home to roost. Read more ➺

chicken hearted

Meaning: not brave.

Example: Daisy was too chicken-hearted in the meeting to speak up, even though she knew the board was making the wrong decision. Read more ➺

ducks and drakes

Meaning: to carelessly misuse one's wealth

Example: He lost his job for playing ducks and drakes with the funds of a corporation. Read more ➺


Meaning: a woman who is being a nag to a man.

Example: Ken was a henpecked husband who would not dare contradict his wife. Read more ➺

like a duck to water

Meaning: to do something very quickly and enjoy doing it.

Example: She's taken to her grandmother's house like a duck to water. Read more ➺

bird’s eye view

Meaning: an overview.

Example: You can get a bird's-eye view of the city by going to the topmost floor. Read more ➺

bat an eye

Meaning: to avoid expressing surprise, fear, or shock.

Example: The man didn't bat an eye when the explosions went off around him and bullets zipped past his head. Read more ➺