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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Idioms with parts of animals

  • Claw your way back/into/out of to: to achieve something or move forwards by making a big effort or with difficulty. clawed my way to success in business.
  • Hoof it: (informal) to go on foot because transportation is unavailable.  We have to hoof it to the station.
  • Raise hackles (make someone’s hackles rise): to make someone angry.  His jokes raised my hackles.
  • Be on horns of a dilemma: having to make a choice between two equally important alternatives. I found myselfon the horns of a dilemma.
  • Draw in your horns: to behave carefully in order to spend less money than before. draw in my horns, after I resign.
  • Get the hump: (informal) to get upset. get the hump when my team loses.
  • Over the hump: (informal) : past the hardest part of something. We are finally over the hump after hard work.
  • Get your snout in the trough: When you get your snout in the trough, it means you try or hurry to get a lot of money.
  • Turn tail: to turn around and flee from danger. They turned tail and ran away from the fight.
  • Be on someone’s tail: to drive after someone. There is a red car on my tail.
  • Can’t make head nor tail of: to not understand at all: We can’t make head nor tail of this Russian book.
  • Chase your tail: to work hard to do something but achieve very little. You can’t repair the bicycle. You’re justchasing your tail.
  • Be the cat’s whiskers: (informal) to be superior person. The model thinks she’s the cat’s whiskers.
  • By a whisker: narrowly; by a slight amount. The athlete won by a whisker. 
  • Come out of your shell: to become more confident and outgoing when spending time with other people. Hecame out of his shell and had a very sociable weekend.
  • Birds of a feather: people with similar characters. Tony is my best friend. We’re birds of a feather.
  • A feather in your cap: a great achievement; success to be proud of. It’s a feather in your cap to receive the commendation for bravery.
  • Clip your wings: to restrain someone from acting freely. My parents never tried to clip my wings.
  • Wait in the wings:  to be ready to replace someone: ready to be active. Two talented players are waiting in the wings.
  • On the wing: in flight. He shot the crow on the wing.
  • Spread your wings: to feel more confident to try something new. It is time to leave home and spread your wings.
  • Take under your wing: to take care of someone. He took the child with cancer under his wing.
  • Take wing: to begin to fly. As soon as it saw me, the stork took wing.