Idiomatic expressions are phrases or sayings that convey a particular meaning that may not be evident from the literal interpretation of the words. They are used frequently in everyday language, and many of them involve animals. In this article, we will explore some of the most common animal-related idiomatic expressions and their meanings.

“The elephant in the room”:

This phrase refers to an obvious problem or issue that people are avoiding discussing. It is the elephant in the room that everyone knows is there, but nobody wants to acknowledge. Example: “We need to talk about the elephant in the room – our company’s financial situation.”

“Kill two birds with one stone”:

This expression means to accomplish two things at the same time with a single action. Example: “By going to the grocery store on my way home from work, I can kill two birds with one stone.”

“Let the cat out of the bag”:

This phrase means to reveal a secret or information that was supposed to be kept confidential. Example: “I accidentally let the cat out of the bag about the surprise party we were planning.”

“Fish out of water”:

This expression refers to someone who is in a situation they are not familiar with or comfortable in. Example: “As an introverted person, I felt like a fish out of water at the loud and crowded party.”

“Dog eat dog”:

This phrase means that people will do anything to succeed or get ahead, even if it means harming others. Example: “The business world can be ruthless – it’s dog eat dog out there.”

“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch”:

This expression means not to be too confident or certain about something before it has happened. Example: “I’m hopeful that I’ll get the job offer, but I know not to count my chickens before they hatch.”

“Monkey see, monkey do”:

This phrase refers to the tendency of people to imitate the actions of others without thinking about the consequences. Example: “I saw my friend trying a new drug, and I followed suit without thinking – monkey see, monkey do.”

“Horse of a different color”:

This expression means that a situation or topic is significantly different from what was previously being discussed. Example: “I thought we were talking about a promotion, but you’re bringing up a horse of a different color with talk of a company merger.”

“Sitting duck”:

This phrase refers to someone who is in a vulnerable or defenseless position. Example: “Without any security measures in place, our house is like a sitting duck for burglars.”

“The lion’s share”:

This expression means the largest or the majority of something. Example: “Although we all contributed to the project, Sarah received the lion’s share of the credit.”

These are just a few examples of the many idiomatic expressions involving animals. By understanding their meanings, you can better understand and use these phrases in your everyday conversations.

<a href="" target="_self">Danny Ballan</a>

Danny Ballan


Danny is a podcaster, teacher, and writer. He worked in educational technology for over a decade. He creates daily podcasts, online courses, educational videos, educational games, and he also writes poetry, novels and music.

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