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Go to the DogsDefinition: To deteriorate, to decrease in quality or value.Sample Sentence: If too many people move away, the town will go to the dogs.Animal IdiomsDogReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Dont Count Your Chickens Before they HatchAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Dont count on profits until you have them in hand.Sample Sentence: John put a down payment on a car, but he didnt get the salary increase he was expecting, and cant afford the payments. He shouldnt have counted his chickens before they hatched.ChickenReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
The Early Bird Catches the WormAnimal IdiomsDefinition: A person who starts a project early has the best chance of reaping rewards.Sample Sentence: He spent the night outside the store so he could buy the newest video game when it went on sale in the morning. The early bird gets the worm.BirdReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Pull a Rabbit out of a HatAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Solve a problem in an unexpected way.Sample Sentence: I missed my bus, but my mom forgot something and came back home for it, so I got a ride to school. It was like pulling a rabbit out of a hat.RabbitReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Kill the Goose that Lays the Golden EggAnimal IdiomsDefinition: To spoil something good out of stupidity or impatience.Sample Sentence: Dont pick on the nerdy kid that helps you with your homework. Youll kill the goose that lays the golden egg.GooseReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Busy as a BeaverAnimal IdiomsDefinition: working very hard, extremely industriousSample Sentence: The students were as busy as beavers on Saturday morning, washing cars to raise money for their club.BeaverReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Hold Your HorsesAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Slow down, waitSample Sentence: Hold your horses! Ill be there in a minute.HorseReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Buy a Pig in a PokeAnimal IdiomsDefinition: To buy something without examining it.Sample Sentence: Dont buy goods on Ebay that dont display a photo of the actual item. Dont buy a pig in a poke.PigReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Dont Have a CowAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Dont get anxious or upset.Sample Sentence: Dont have a cow. Everything will turn out fine.CowReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Let the Cat Out of the BagAnimal IdiomsDefinition: To give away a secret.Sample Sentence: He let the cat out of the bag by telling Joe about the surprise party.CatReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Rat RaceAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Fierce, unending, stressful competition in business or society.Sample Sentence: They couldnt wait for vacation to get away from the rat race.RatReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Kill Two Birds with One StoneAnimal IdiomsDefinition: To get two results with just one effort.Sample Sentence: By walking to the library, he can get exercise and the books he wants to read at the same time. Hes killing two birds with one stone.BirdsReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Monkey BusinessAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Disorderly or dishonest activities.Sample Sentence: The teacher will not tolerate monkey business in her class.MonkeyReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Get Your GoatAnimal IdiomsDefinition: To annoy or make angry.Sample Sentence: It got his goat when he stayed after school for the club meeting and it only lasted ten minutes.GoatReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Fish out of WaterAnimal IdiomsDefinition: A person who is out of his or her usual place.Sample Sentence: He felt like a fish out of water on his first day of high school.FishReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Clean as a Hounds ToothAnimal IdiomsDefinition: Free from dirt, perfectly neat.Sample Sentence: Mary kept her room as clean as a hounds tooth.DogReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Fat CatAnimal IdiomsDefinition: A wealthy person.Sample Sentence: Maybe a fat cat will donate money for new computers at the Youth Center.CatReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiomNext Idiom
Cold TurkeyAnimal IdiomsDefinition: A sudden stopping of any habit.Sample Sentence: I quit biting my fingernails cold turkey. I put some over-the-counter product on them that tastes very bitter.TurkeyReturn to IndexClick to learn the origin of this idiom
Origin: Go to the Dogs Animal IdiomsDogReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousAs far back as the 1500s, food that was not thought suitable for human consumption was thrown to the dogs. The expression caught on and expanded to include any person or thing that came to a bad end, was ruined, or looked terrible.
Origin: Dont Count Your Chickens Before they HatchAnimal IdiomsChickenReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousAesop once wrote about a woman carrying a basket of eggs. In her mind she figured how much she would get for the chickens when the eggs hatched, and exactly how she would spend the money. She got so excited she dropped her egg basket. Every egg smashed. Today we use this fable to warn people not to be confident of a result before it happens.
Origin: The Early Bird Catches the WormAnimal IdiomsBirdReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousBirds like to eat worms. If a bird arrives late where the worms are, it will probably go hungry. But the bird who gets there early is sure to get some food.
Origin: Pull a Rabbit out of a HatAnimal IdiomsRabbitReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThe magicians trick of pulling a live rabbit out of an empty top hat is very old, but this expression is relatively new from about the 1930s.The meaning has been transferred from the specific (a magic trick) to the general (a surprise answer to a difficulty).
Origin: Kill the Goose that Lays the Golden EggAnimal IdiomsGooseReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousTheres a fable by Aesop about a farmer who owns a goose that lays one golden egg at a time. The greedy farmer becomes impatient and kills the goose so he can get all the eggs at once. Of course, that didnt work, so there were no more golden eggs.
Origin: Busy as a BeaverAnimal IdiomsBeaverReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThis saying comes from the 17th century. For hundreds of years the beaver has been a symbol of diligent work. It is a very industrious animal.
Origin: Hold Your HorsesAnimal IdiomsHorseReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThis 19th century Americanism originated as an instruction to a carriage driver who was letting his team of horses go too fast. By pulling back on the reins, the driver could slow the horses to a stop. This was called holding your horses.
Origin: Buy a Pig in a PokeAnimal IdiomsPigReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousA long time ago in England a small bag or sack was called a poke. Farmers carried their pigs in pokes to sell at markets and county fairs. Sometimes customers were cheated by dishonest farmers who had actually put a runt or even a cat in the sack, and made excuses for why the sack couldnt be opened.
Origin: Dont Have a CowAnimal IdiomsCowReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousQuoted often on the TV program, The Simpsons. The origin of this phrase is unknown.
Origin: Let the Cat Out of the BagAnimal IdiomsCatReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousCenturies ago in England you might have bought a costly pig at a farmers market. But if the merchant was dishonest, and put a worthless cat into the bag instead of a piglet, you might not find out until you got home and let the cat out of the bag.
Origin: Rat RaceAnimal IdiomsRatReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThe term is nautical in origin and refers to a fierce tidal current, which in French sounds much like rat and/or race. It suggests a confusing, crowded scramble for survival.
Origin: Kill Two Birds with One StoneAnimal IdiomsBirdsReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThere was a similar expression in Latin about 2000 years, and the saying became popular in English centuries later. It comes from hunting birds by throwing stones. If you killed two birds with one stone, you would be carrying out two tasks with a single effort.
Origin: Monkey BusinessAnimal IdiomsMonkeyReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThis expression has two meanings. One concerns comical behavior like that of a playful monkey. The other refers to sneaky, unlawful actions. From 20th century America.
Origin: Get Your GoatAnimal IdiomsGoatReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThis American expression dates from about 1900. It was a common practice to put a goat in the stall of a nervous racehorse to be its friend and keep it calm. If people wanted the horse to lose a race, they would sneak the goat out of the stall so the horse would be upset.
Origin: Fish out of WaterAnimal IdiomsFishReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousFor thousands of years people have known that a fish belongs in water. That is its natural habitat. So, a person who feels uncomfortable in an unfamiliar situation will feel like the fish would if it were out of the water.
Origin: Clean as a Hounds ToothAnimal IdiomsDogReturn to IndexReturn to PreviousThe origin of this idi