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(Updated on 14/09/2016)

    • English Idioms about big animals.
      "Watch the video, and learn a few idioms."
      - like a bull in a china shop
      - put the cart before the horse
      - the elephant in the room
      See a list of terms used in this activity.

      Activity created by: Renée Maufroid

    • Teach idioms with The Teacher
      "Downloadable 5-minute videos in which a quirky professor introduces over 36 idioms related to animals and food."
      + Worksheets


    • IDIOMS - "Click the answer button to choose an answer.
      PART I : Animal idioms - For each idiom find the correct meaning


    • Animal idioms - "Click on an idiom to study its meaning before taking the quiz." (a4esl)

    • More animal idioms - interactive exercise (english-zone)


  • BAT :

  • BIRD :

    • A Bird In The Hand by Ice Cube :
      "But a bird in the hand is worth more than the bush"
      (Proverb : 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.')

    • Early In The Morning by Gap Band :
      "Now I gotta get up early every morning
      'Cause the early bird always catches the worm"


  • BULL :

    • Breakthrough by Galactic Cowboys :
      "Look out 'cause I'm a bull in a china shop "

    • Bull By The Horns by Millencolin :
      "Well, if you can't solve your problems, got to make things happen
      You gotta take the bull by the horns"
      (Proverb : 'You must take the bull by the horns')


  • CAMEL :

    • One More Heartache by Marvin Gaye :
      "My heart is carryin' such a heavy load
      One more ache would break it
      Just like the camel with the heavy back
      One last straw was added, they say it broke the camel's back "
      (Proverb : 'That's the last straw that breaks the camel's back')

    • The Camel's Heart by Dolly Parton :
      "She's just the straw that broke the camel's heart"
      (Proverb : 'That's the last straw that breaks the camel's back')


  • CAT :
      "In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with cats :
      1. There isn't enough room to swing a cat
      2. To let the cat out of the bag
      3. To put the cat among the pigeons
      - with the script

      Other episodes : Fish idioms | Horse idioms | Bird idioms | Pig idioms

    • When its Raining Cats and Dogs by PM Dawn :
      "So when it's raining cats and dogs.
      I won't complain and I won't mind.
      When it's raining cats and dogs
      I'll understand the reasons why..."

    • At night by De Vision :
      "But at night all cats are grey"

    • Hush by Craig Morgan :
      "Don't breathe a word, cat's got your tongue


  • DOG :

    • English in a Minute: Dog Eat Dog - VIDEO
      "Dogs are popular pets in many countries. But, this expression sounds terrible!
      Find out what a "dog eat dog" world is like in this week's English in a Minute."



  • GOAT :

    • Quotes about goats
      “If you put a silk dress on a goat, he’s still a goat.” Ireland
      “He who lets the goat be placed on his shoulders will soon have to carry the cow.” Italy

      “Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” Russia


  • HORSE :

    • The Origins of 12 Neigh Sayings

    • Hold Your Horses! - Text + Audio
      "Horses are part of the history and romance of the Old American West. These days, they are popular for sport and entertainment. So, it is easy
      to understand why we Americans use so many horse expressions. Learn some of the most common and try to answer our horse riddle!"


    • English in a Minute: Straight from the Horse's Mouth - VIDEO
      "If you hear something "straight from the horse's mouth" do you have the correct information?
      Find out in this week's episode of English in a Minute!"


    • The Word of the Month : HORSE
      Definition / Horseplay with idioms / Horses in the news / Horses on the menu


    • Hold Your Horses! - Text + Audio
      "You'll hear about horse expressions straight from the horses mouth, so stop horsing around!"


    • Hold your horses - the expression
      "sometimes said as "Hold the horses", is a common idiom to mean "hold on" or wait...
      The saying is typically used when someone is rushing in to something.
      It is often combined with linked idioms such as, cool your jets, or look before you leap..."


      See Songs

    • Count Your Blessings by Pat Green :
      "Never put the cart before the horse"

    • Me and My Friends by Red Hot Chili Peppers :
      "Like two sweet peas
      in an even sweeter pod
      that's my friend
      and my friends's named Bob
      like the devil knows hell
      I know Bob well...
      he's as strong as a horse"

    • People Lead by Ben Harper :
      "for you can lead a horse to the water
      but you cannot make him drink
      you can put a man through school
      but you cannot make him think"
      (Proverb : 'You can take a horse to water, but you cannot make it drink')



  • LION :

    • Jeopardy by Skyclad :
      "In jeopardy - welcome to the lion's den,
      We skate on thin ice - dice with death"
      (to put your head in the lion's den)

    • Which Hogwarts House Do You Belong In? - Harry Potter Soundtrack :
      "If you're brave as a lion, go Gryffindor!"


  • MONKEY :
    • Monkey idioms
      "In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with monkeys.
      1. To monkey around
      2. Monkey business
      3. To make a monkey out of someone"

      - with the script


  • MOUSE :

    • Love Went Mad by Elvis Costello :
      You go to church quiet as a mouse
      You're a big cheese now in the workhouse..."

    • When The Cat's Away by Bardot :
      "When the cat's away the mice will play"

    • Mama's Little Angels by Quiet Riots :
      "We do the chores in the house, as quiet as a mouse"


    • God Is In The House by Nick Cave :
      "And at night we are on our knees
      As quiet as a mouse"


    • My Baby Keeps His Cool by Mike Hart : - NO LINK ON THE INTERNET
      "Aint stubborn like no mule..."

  • PIG :

    • When Pigs Fly by Farmer Boys :
      "But loving you is like when pigs fly"




    • 20 Idioms About Reptiles
      "The phrases and expressions listed in this post pertain to lizards and other reptiles, usually with a pejorative or otherwise negative allusion that reflects the dim view many people have of such animal."



  • SHEEP :

    • Seasons In The Sun by Westlife :
      "Goodbye Papa please pray for me
      I was the black sheep of the family"

  • SOW :

    • Honor to Us All by Mulan :
      "We're going to turn this sow's ear
      Into a silk purse"
      (Proverb : 'You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear')


  • TIGER :

    • Jeans On by Keith Urban :
      "When I wake up in the mornin' light
      I pull on my jeans and I feel all right...
      I got money in my pocket, I got a tiger in my tank
      And I'm king of the road again"

  • WOLF :

    • In English, Wolves Are Not to Be Trusted - Text + Audio + Video - 20 August 2016
      "Yes, the animals can be dangerous. Yes, they could eat you. But why are wolves always so bad in English expressions?"


    • Hungry Years by Survivor :
      "Will you stand beside me like you did before
      When the storm is at the window
      And the wolf is at the door"