Animalistic idioms in English - don’t chicken out

Every person who, being in the process of learning English, wants to feel all its depth and color, will sooner or later come across idioms. Idioms are the phraseological units, fixed expressions that should not be translated directly. Otherwise it will be utter nonsense. In order to understand the idioms, it is worth familiarizing yourself with the meaning of each particular expression. At first it may seem like a very boring and endless task, but learning idioms is very exciting, especially when you compare the meaning and differences between English idioms and those in your native language.

Let's take a look at the popular idioms with animals in English.

A cash cow - a reliable source of income
You need to find a job, which will be a cash cow. 

Birds of a feather flock together - be very similar.
They are best friends. They are birds of a feather.

To be the cat’s whiskers - be excellent.
Your dish is the cat’s whiskers.

Black sheep - different from others in a bad way.
He lost all his money in games. He is a black sheep of the family.

Cat and dog life - eternal quarrels.
If you choose the wrong partner, you will lead cat and dog life.

Chicken feed - pennies, insignificant amount.
At this work he earns chicken feed.

Dog eat dog - a merciless, wolfish law.
It is a dog eat dog competition.

To chicken out - get afraid of, to refuse something.
He chickened out of being a leader, because it requires much responsibility.

Bee's knees - top of perfection, lifetime dream.
To visit Italy is my bee’s knees.

To have a whale of a time - have a great time.
I wish you to have a whale of a time during your trip to Euroe. 

Dog in the manger -  an egoist who lives by the principle “neither to himself nor to people”.
Our neighbor has a big yard, but he doesn’t allow children to play there. He is a real dog in the manger.

For the birds - useless.
This conversation is for the birds. 

Donkey work - thankless job.
It is easy to find a job, but I don’t want to have donkey work. 

It rains cats and dogs - pouring with rain.
We weren’t able to go for a walk yesterday, because it was raining cats and dogs for the whole day.

To eat crow - admit a mistake.
He ate crow immediately after competition.

Every dog ​​has its day - there will be a good time for us too.
Never give up. Remember that every dog ​​has its day.

No spring chicken - experienced in some particular business.
Despite the fact that she looks very pretty, she is no spring chicken.

Author: German Goryaynov

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