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ANIMALS - BIRDS - FISH - INSECTS, page 4

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from:   'till the cows come home'   to:  'crooked as a dog's hind leg'


  • 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."

  • (as)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."

  • a 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."

  • a 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!"

  • a dog and pony show
    • A dog and pony show is a marketing event or presentation which has plenty of style but not much content.

  • (as) 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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