Here’s a list of idioms about other animals that don’t fit into any other groups.
- as drunk as a skunk
meaning – very drunk
example – You were as drunk as a skunk last night. You couldn’t even speak.
- as sly as a fox
meaning – smart, cunning
example – You need to be as sly as a fox. Walk in, take the cash box, and run back to the getaway car.
- as strong as an ox
meaning – very strong
example – Nico will help you carry the boxes, he’s as strong as an ox.
- badger someone
meaning – annoy/pester someone
example – Go and badger your mum, she’ll give you some money.
- eager beaver
meaning – a keen/enthusiastic person
example – The new trainee is an eager beaver, she has volunteered for lots of projects already.
- guinea pig
meaning – the subject of a test or experiment
example – I need to wax 3 people’s legs for my beauty course. Will you be one of my guinea pigs?
- like a bear with a sore head
meaning – annoyed, grumpy, irritable
example – Get me a coffee! I’m like a bear with a sore head today.
- make a mountain out of a molehill
meaning – exaggerate a minor issue
example – Andy is such a drama queen; he is always making mountains out of molehills.
- party animal
meaning – someone who loves to party
example – My sister was a party animal, she has calmed down now.
- silver fox
meaning – a handsome grey-haired man
example – Rufus was a geek at school, now he’s a silver fox.
- snail’s pace
meaning – very slowly
example – My essay writing is going badly, I’m writing at a snail’s pace.
- social chameleon
meaning – a person who changes the way they act with different people
example – I can slum it with kids from the estate or hobnob with royalty. I’m a social chameleon.
- squirrel away
meaning – save something in a safe/secret place for a later date
example – I need a new roof for my house. Luckily, I have some money squirrelled away.
- the straw that broke the camel’s back/the last straw
meaning – the final small thing that causes failure
example – Callum arrived late again. That was the last straw, he was fired immediately.
- weasel one’s way out of something
meaning – avoid doing something
example – I weaseled my way out of my date with Henry. He’s not really my type.
other animal idioms with pictures
Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with some of the other animals which grace out beautiful planet.
Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.