You all know what a cow is right? If not, I’ll tell you…

A cow is a domesticated female bovine animal. They are kept for milk and meat. Many cows are referred to as a herd (collective noun). The word ‘cow’ can also be used as a slang term for a nasty/horrible person (it’s moderately offensive).​

e.g. Marie threw paint all over my new trousers, she’s such a cow.

cow idioms and sayings

Here’s some idioms and expressions about cows.

  • cash cow
    meaning – something that generates income
    example – Donald’s parents are rich! He has a constant cash cow.
  • have a cow
    meaning – become, angry, upset, frustrated etc.
    example – Lisa’s having a cow because she can’t find her little black dress.
  • till the cows come home
    meaning – for a very long time
    example – Don’t ever start an argument with Will. He can argue till the cows come home.

cow idioms and sayings with pictures

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with cows. Each idiom includes the meaning and an illustrated real-life example.​​​

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