English is FUNtastic
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Idioms About Animals with Examples and Explanations
1. Monkey business
- silly, mischievous or deceitful behaviour; stupid or time-wasting activity
- Our accountant has been fired as there was some
with the books.
- Are you still fiddling about with those old tools? Stop the
and get some new ones.
2. Rat race
- an exhausting and repetitive routine, a hectic struggle for success
- I’m so tired of the
. I’d love to retire and move to the country.
- She started to work from home as she couldn’t stand the
at the office.
3. Cat burglar
- a stealthy burglar who climbs into buildings, usually through upper windows, skylights, etc.
- Grandfather’s old telescope has disappeared from the loft. It must have been a
that took it.
- The inspector was surprised by the exploits of a
who only stole from upper floors and attics.
4. Top dog
- the most important person in a group, somebody with the dominant position or highest authority
- I don’t want to be the
at our company, I just do my job as well as I can.
- Peter is the
at English in our class.
5. Cash cow
- a dependable source of income; a product or service that makes money
- Our company’s
is the sales department, which makes enough income to finance the developers.
- The publisher saw the new bestseller as a
6. Eager beaver
- an enthusiastic hard worker; someone very excited to start a task
- The new secretary is an
. Although she comes to work at seven every day, she’s the last to leave in the evening.
- Don’t be an
, we have plenty of time to do this job.
7. Road hog
- a dangerous or inconsiderate driver, someone who drives carelessly and selfishly
- Sorry that we’re so slow, but there is no way to overtake that
in front of us.
nearly ran me over at the crossing as he failed to stop at the sign.
8. Black sheep
- an undesirable member of a group, a disliked person, somebody who causes shame or embarrassment due to deviation
- Don’t be surprised that he doesn’t want to take over father’s business, he’s always been the
of the family.
- They called me the
as I didn’t want to go to the pub and play billiards with them.
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