Barking Up The Wrong Tree
To make a wrong assumption about something.
Beating a Dead Horse
To bring up an issue that has already been resolved.
Curiosity Killed The Cat
Typically said to indicate that any further investigation into a situation may lead to harm.
Cry Wolf
Someone that calls for help when it is not needed; a person who lies.
Elephant in the Room
Ignoring a large, obvious problem or failing to address an issue that stands out in a major way.
Fish Out Of Water
Someone being in a situation that they are unfamiliar or unsuited for.
Give a Man a Fish...
Rather than giving a person something to fill a need once, it's more beneficial to teach that person a useful skill (like fishing) so that they can fill a need for themselves indefinitely.
Happy as a Clam
The state of being happy; feeling delighted.
I Smell a Rat
A feeling that something is not quite right, or awry.
Animal Related Phrases in One Spot!

One thing I noticed while writing about phrases is that there are plenty of expressions out there that refer to animals! Cats, dogs, fish, elephants, rats, and so on... with such a variety of animals showing up in phrases, it made me want to make a separate page about them! Why? Well, it's a convenient way for me to keep track of the many animal phrases I come across, and having them all located in one spot is fun for anyone who is interested in learning specifically about sayings that contain animals in the name. Obviously, there are more animal phrases that exist and these are not all of them, but I'll be sure to add any others I find to this page.
A bunch of idioms and phrases related to animals, along with their meanings and possible origins!
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Sports Phrases
Animal Phrases
Food Phrases
A large box that helps to separate the different expressions.
Love Birds
A pair of people who have a shared love for each other.
Mountain Out of a Molehill
One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
Raining Cats and Dogs
Used to describe heavy rainfall.
Playing Possum
Pretending to be dead, or to be deceitful about something.
Ugly Duckling
Someone who seems plain at first in appearance or capability, but later turn out to be quite spectacular.
You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
It can be challenging to teach a person something new.