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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


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(Idioms page 5 :  like dog with two tails  →  like taking candy)

like a dog with two tails If someone is like a dog with two tails, they are extremely happy.
When Paul won the first prize he was like a dog with two tails.
like greased lightning If something moves like greased lightning, it moves extremely fast.
As soon as the owner appeared, the boy ran like greased lightning.
like herding cats This expression refers to the difficulty of coordinating a situation which involves people who all want to act independently.
Organizing an outing for a group of people from different countries is like herding cats!
like a headless chicken If a person rushes about like a headless chicken, they act in
a disorderly way, without thinking or analysing the situation carefully.
As soon as the store opened, my mother started running around like a headless chicken, eager to find bargains.
like kicking whales down the beach This expression is used, especially in computing, to refer to a particularly slow  and difficult process.
Getting him to adopt the new method is like kicking whales down the beach.
like a moth to a flame To say that a person is attracted to someone or something like a moth to a flame means that the attraction is so strong they cannot resist.
He's drawn to the casino like a moth to a flame.
like nailing jelly to the wall To say that something is like nailing jelly to the wall  means that it is extremely difficult to do, if not impossible.
Keeping track of his movements is like nailing jelly to the wall.
like pouring water into a sieve If someone spends time or energy trying to do something that is inefficient or useless, it is like pouring water into a sieve.
Danny's mother used to say that teaching him good behaviour was like pouring water into a sieve.
like pulling teeth Something that is like pulling teeth is extremely difficult to obtain, especially if trying to extract information from someone.
Getting him to talk about his job was like pulling teeth!
like a red flag to a bull To say that a statement or action is like a red flag to a bull means that it is sure to make someone very angry or upset.
Don't mention Tom's promotion to Mike.  It would be like a red flag to a bull!
like a shot If you do something like a shot, you do it very quickly, without any hesitation.
If I won a lot of money on the lotto, I'd leave my job like a shot!
like a sore thumb If something sticks out like a sore thumb, it is very obvious or visible in an unpleasant way.
The modern building sticks out like a sore thumb among the old houses.
like taking candy from a baby To say that something is like taking candy from a baby means that it is very easy to do.
Don't worry - you'll manage.  It'll be like taking candy from a baby!
   
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