'Are you bull-headed?' What does that mean?
Here are a few natural English expressions (idioms) using animals. Like most languages, in English animals are used in many idiomatic expressions. Today we take a look at some basic, widely used, expressions:
To eat too much:
'I really pigged out at the barbeque. I've never eaten so much.'
To be too scared to do something usually after previously agreeing to do it:
'I was going to do a parachute jump, but I chickened out on the day.'
A person who keeps their interests and ideas secret, especially someone who has a surprising ability or skill:
'I didn't know that Sandra could play the drums. She's such a dark horse .'
A person who is very gentle:
'Don't worry. He looks frightening, but really he's a pussy cat.'
This adjective is used to describe a person who is stubborn:
'Stop being so bull-headed and come to the cinema with us. Everyone is going except you.'
This expression means 'to be in trouble':
'I'm in the dog house with my wife after I forgot out anniversary.'
When a situation 'smells fishy' we think that it is dishonest or suspicious:
'My son's story smells fishy. He said that he'd been in the library all day, but I think it's closed today.'
This negative noun is used to describe a person who deserts his friends or associates, especially in times of trouble. Someone who is not loyal:
'Michael is such a rat. He left as soon as the trouble started.'
When someone is like a bull in a china shop they act carelessly in the way they move or behave:
'The footballer ran around like a bull in a china shop until he was sent off.'
This expression is used to describe a person who talks too much:
'Her speech seemed to go on for ever; she could talk the hind legs off a donkey.'
Tell us about some animal idioms you have in your language. Translate them into English and add them to the 'comments'.
Now choose the correct idiom to complete the sentences: