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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Animals - Birds - Fish - Insects

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till the cows come home If you say 'till the cows come home' you mean for a long time or forever.
You can ask till the cows come home but I'm not buying you a scooter!
why buy a cow when you can get milk for free? This refers to not paying for something that you can obtain for free.
(Sometimes refers to a decision not to marry when you can have the benefits of marriage without any commitment.)
Rent is high so Bobby is still living with his parents. 
He says : why buy a cow when you can get milk for free?
crocodile tears To shed crocodile tears means to shed false tears or show insincere grief.
Caroline pretended to be sad but we all knew her tears were crocodile tears.
eat crow If you eat crow, you admit that you were wrong about something and apologize.
He had no option but to eat crow and admit that his analysis was wrong.
as the crow flies This expression refers to distance measured in a straight line.
It's two miles from here to the station as the crow flies, but of course it's much further by road.
like a deer/rabbit caught in the headlights When you are so surprised that you are momentarily confused or unable to react quickly, you are like a deer (or a rabbit) caught in the headlights.
Surprised by the journalist's question, he was like a deer caught in the headlights.
dead as a dodo To say that something is (as) dead as a dodo means that it is unquestionably dead or obsolete, or has gone out of fashion.
(A dodo is a bird that is now extinct.)
The floppy disk is an invention that is now (as) dead as a dodo.
dog's breakfast To describe something as a dog's breakfast means that it is a complete mess.
The new secretary made a dog's breakfast out of the filing system.
dog's life People use this expression when complaining about a situation or job which they find unpleasant or unsatisfactory.
It's a dog's life working in the after-sales department.
dog eat dog This expression refers to intense competition and rivalry in pursuit of one's own interests, with no concern for morality.
The business world is tough today. There's a general dog-eat-dog attitude.
dog in the manger A person referred to as a dog in the manger is someone who stops others from enjoying something he/she cannot use or doesn't want.
She hates the guitar so she won't allow her son to learn to play it
- a real dog in the manger!
dog and pony show A dog and pony show is a marketing event or presentation which has plenty of style but not much content.
crooked as a dog's hind leg To say that someone is as crooked as a dog's hind leg means that they are very dishonest indeed.
He can't be trusted - he's as crooked as a dog's hind leg.
   
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