Animals

Animals

There are a number of idioms and common phrases in English which refer to animals. Here are a few of them.

The sentences can be completed using the words from the below list. Do you know which creature belongs with which sentence? Also, do you know what the phrases mean?

A. Cat
B. Duck
C. Dog
D. Horse
E. Lion
F. Rat
G. leopard
H. Worm
I. horse
J. Chicken
K. bird

1. I smell a …
2. He’s like a … with a bone.
3. That’s like shutting the stable door after the … has bolted
4. He was grinning like the … that got the cream.
5. The early … catches the …
6. Don’t count your … before they’ve hatched.
7. It’s like water off a …’s back.
8. I heard it from the …’s mouth
9. She got the …’s share.
10. A … can’t change its spots.

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4 Comments on “Animals”

  1. maxwell ivey says:

    hi kirsty; this was a funny post. but i expect the message was for students having trouble remembering phrases. I knew all of them in english but only a couple in spanish. Keep up the good work, max

  2. Yes, the post was to introduce students to some of the animal-related phrases that they may see or hear in English. I think they are a bit shy though because nobody has tried to do the exercise yet!
    Thanks for your positive feedback!
    Kirsty

  3. Tanja says:

    How embarrassing… I don’t know many of them….

    I only know “The early bird catches the worm”

    But it’s a great idea! I’m just a little bit behind with reading the posts – but I like them. Thank you very much Kirsty.

  4. Yes, your answer to number 5 is correct.
    Also it’s not embarrassing – it’s an opportunity to learn something new!


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