Sunday, 8 November 2009

Idioms with animals

dog days – the hottest days of the year. The dog days of the summer have arrived.

an old bat an unpleasant old woman. She's an old bat!

as busy as a bee If you are as busy as a bee, you are very busy indeed.

like a fish out of water If you are placed in a situation that is completely new to you and confuses you, you are like a fish out of water. On my first day at that s chool, I felt like a fish out of water.


  1. I had never heard of "dog days" and "an old bat". Neither would I risk the wildest guess. Anytime I see something like that that I'm more and more convinced how stunning languages can be. By the way, I think the dog years are here, aren't day?

    Off for my sixth shower today, cheers!

  2. Very useful idioms! I really think the dog days of the summer have arrived.

  3. Another one I just thought of with animals is "The cat's got my tongue" means that you're speechless. Also "to let the cat out of the bag" means to reveal something that was not meant to be said. Lastly, a funny one I like is "my dogs are barking." You wouldn't know it from the phrase but at least in the US it means that your feet hurt.