animal idioms and expressions – examples

Are you the black sheep of the family?
Do you sometimes make a mountain out of a molehill?
Would you ever consider using a loan shark?
When was the last time your partner was in the dog house?
What was the last thing to get on your goat?
Do you get goosebumps when you watch a scary film?

 

Haven’t got a clue what any of these idioms and expressions mean? This section is for you!

 

A lot of English idioms contain animals. By a lot I mean hundreds, thousands even. These idioms can be a little difficult to understand for non-native speakers. So, I’ve made this section to help you understand our strange language. Do you know what the best part is? They are all illustrated with pictures using real life scenarios.

 

Keep scrolling to find out more…

animal idioms and expressions list

Now it’s time to learn some new animal vocabulary and some common idioms we use in English at the same time. I’ve divided up the idioms into different animals, if you don’t know the name of the animal, just look at the pictures.

Are you ready to learn? I must however warn you that there are loads to learn, so take your time and go through each one slowly.

 

When you’re ready, click on the picture links below to learn some animal idioms and expressions.

bat idioms and sayings
animal idioms - birds
animal idioms - bug and insects idioms and expressions in English
animal idioms - bull expressions and sayings
animal idioms - cat expressions and phrases
cow idioms and sayings
animal idioms - dog expressions and sayings
animal idioms - donkey expressions and sayings
animal idioms - elephant idioms and sayings
animal idioms - goat phrases and sayings
animal idioms - horse expressions and sayings
animal idioms - monkey expressions and phrases
animal idioms - mouse expressions and phrases
animal idioms - pig phrases and sayings
animal idioms - rabbit/bunny expressions and sayings
animal idioms - rat expressions and sayings
animal idioms - sheep idioms and sayings - learn real life English
animal idioms and expressions
animal idioms - water creatures
animal idioms - wolf idioms and expressions