Animal Idioms!!! Idioms are one of the key things that make English a tricky language to learn. Below is a list of animal idioms and what they mean.
Animal Idioms with Meanings
Here’s a list of 20 common idioms with animals to help you improve your English vocabulary.
- Eager beaver
A person who is excited about doing certain work.
- Cash cow
A good way to make money.
- As busy as a bee
- Loaded for bear
Prepared for problems
- Kangaroo court
A self-appointed group that decides what to do to someone who is supposed to have done wrong.
- Bull in a china shop
A person with no tact who upsets others or upsets plans.
- Hold your horses
Wait and be patient
- Fat cat
A highly placed, well-paid executive
- A bird‘s eye view
The appearance of something seen from above.
- The world is your oyster
You have many good opportunities in front of you.
- Get the lion‘s share
Get the greatest percentage
- Fish out of water
Someone feels out of place
- One-trick pony
Someone who has only a single talent.
- Raining cats and dogs (Rain Idioms)
- Rat race
Fierce, competitive struggle for power, position,…
A short sleep
- At a snail’s pace
Moving very slowly
- Ants in your pants
You can’t stay still because you’re very agitated, excited, or worried.
- To be dog tired
To be exhausted
- Like shooting fish in a barrel
Very easy to catch or trick
Animal Idioms Examples
- Calm down! You’re such an eager beaver!
- She is the cash cow in the family.
- The manager and secretary as busy as a bee all day.
- The football team arrived yesterday, loaded for bear.
- It was like a kangaroo court, he thought.
- They did not like a bull in a china shop like him.
- Some people say we live in a dog-eat-dog world.
- Just hold your horses, Bill! Let’s think about this for a moment.
- Since many bosses have a large belly, it a hallmark of a fat cat.
- From the plane, we had a bird’s eye view of Manhattan.
- You’re young, you’ve got a lot of opportunities. The world is your oyster.
- I felt like a fish out of water in my new school.
- We’ll have to cancel the cricket match, it’s raining cats and dogs.
- The dance last night was a rat race.
- If I could a little catnap, I think I’d feel much better.
- I am dog-tired after working the whole day.
Idioms with Animals in English | Infographic
Amazing Animal Idioms with Meanings