8 Idioms Using Animals

The English language has a highly developed phraseology. Idioms make a great part of it. Here are 8 idioms using animals which can hardly be understood unless you know their meaning.

Bird’s eye view – a good view of something from a high position.

Ex: I live on the 17th floor, and I have a bird’s eye view of the city.

Have a bee in your bonnet to be obsessed about something.

Ex: John didn’t get the promotion he expected last year, and he has had a bee in his bonnet about it ever since.

Let the cat out of the bag – to reveal a secret.

Ex: Why did you let the cat out of the bag and told Mary about the party? It was supposed to be a surprise!

Donkey’s years – for a very long time.

Ex: It’s so nice to see you again! I haven’t seen you for donkey’s years!

To smell a rat – to be suspicious.

Ex: I don’t trust John when he says that he can’t help us paint the apartment because he’s working late. I smell a rat!

Like a fish out of water – to be in an unfamiliar situation.

Ex: I have started working for this company last week. I still feel like a fish out of water.


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Straight from the horse’s mouth – to have information from someone who’s directly involved into something.

Ex: “How did you know that Julia won’t come to the meeting?” “I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.”

Wouldn’t say boo to a goose – used to describe someone who’s very quiet and shy.

Ex: Anna is so timid; she wouldn’t say boo to a goose.



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