10 Idioms related to animals

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    Act as guinea pig

    Meaning: To allow some kind of test to be performed on someone.

    Example: I was not happy to act as guinea pig for the new training material.

    As crooked as a dog’s hind leg

    Meaning: Dishonest

    Example: The politician is as crooked as a dog’s hind leg and nobody trusts him.

    Bark up the wrong tree

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    Meaning: To choose the wrong course of action, to ask the wrong person (a hunting dog may make a mistake when chasing an animal and bark up the wrong tree)

    Example: My boss is barking up the wrong tree. I did not cause the computer problem.

    Beat a dead horse

    Meaning: To continue fighting a battle that has been won, to continue to argue a point that has been settled.

    Example: I was beating a dead horse when I was arguing with my boss.

    The best-laid plan of mice and men

    Meaning: The best thought-out plans that

    Example: The best-laid plan of mice and men could not prevent our travel problems.

    The tail wagging the dog

    Meaning: A situation where a small part controls the whole thing.

    Example: The control of receptionist in this office is like the tail is wagging the dog.

    A cat in gloves catches no mice

    Meaning: If you are too careful and polite you may not get what you want.

    Example: A cat in gloves catches no mice and I advised my friend that he should be more aggressive at work or he will not be successful.

    Let sleeping dogs lie

    Meaning: Do not make trouble if you do not have to.

    Example: You should let sleeping dogs lie and not ask our boss about the dispute.

    A paper tiger

    Meaning: A person or organization that is supposed to have a lot of power that is actually very weak.

    Example: The manager was a paper tiger and did not have any power in the company.

    Let the cat out of the bag

    Meaning: To tell something that is supposed to be a secret

    Example: A teacher let the cat of the bag when she began to talking about the plans to close the school.


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