#IOTW: Idioms related to animals (6)

  1. Cat nap. Meaning: A short sleep taken during the day.
    • Example:
      • I had a cat nap during the afternoon.”
  2. Donkey’s years. Meaning: A very long time.
    • Example:
      • “I talked to my friend for a long time because I hadn’t seen her in donkey’s years.”
  3. Play cat and mouse with someone. Meaning: Tease or fool someone.
    • Example:
      • “He is playing a cat and mouse with his sister about her lost concert ticket.”
  4. Smell a rat. Meaning: Be suspicious, feel that something is wrong.
    • Example:
      • “I smell a rat. There’s something wrong with them. “
  5. Talk until the cows come home. Meaning: Talk for a long time.
    • Example:
      • “We can talk until the cows come home this weekend at the lake.”
  6. Turn tail. Meaning: Run away from trouble or danger.
    • Example:
      • “We decided to turn tail and leave the restaurant before there was a fight.”
  7. Live high on the hog. Meaning: Have the best of everything.
    • Example:
      • “He has been living high on the hog since he moved to NY.”
  8. Go ape. Meaning: Become highly excited or angry.
    • Example:
      • “He will go ape if he sees that you have not finished the work.”
  9. Eager beaver.Meaning: A person who is always eager to do something extra.
    • Example:
      • “She is a real eager beaver, she will do it very well.”
  10. Cat get one’s tongue. Meaning: Can’t speak because of shyness.
    • Example:
      • “The cat must have got her tongue when she met him for the first time.”

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, July 19, 2012.



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