What is a wolf?

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

A wolf is the largest member of the dog family. They live and hunt in the wild in groups called ‘a pack’.

wolf idioms and expressions

Here’s a list of idioms about wolves.

  • a lone wolf
    meaning – an independent person who prefers to operate alone
    example – I love traveling the world alone. I’m a lone wolf.
  • cry wolf
    meaning – keep raising a fake alarm
    example – Janine always cries wolf, so nobody believed her when she was really sick.
  • keep the wolves at bay
    meaning – fight to stop some sort of trouble reaching you
    example – I managed to pay the bailiffs £200, that should keep the wolves at bay for a bit longer.
  • wolf down
    meaning – eat something very quickly
    example – Julie wolfed down her food too quickly. Now she feels sick.
  • wolf in sheep’s clothing
    meaning – a dangerous person who pretends to be harmless
    example – Be wary of Lucas. I’ve got no proof, but I think he’s a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

wolf idioms and expressions with pictures

Click on the pictures below to learn some common idioms and expressions with wolves. Each idiom includes the meaning and a real-life picture example.​

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