Hunting is to search for, stalk/chase and finally kill a wild animal for fun (I have no idea why this is fun!!!). Other animals such as a pack of dogs can also join in the hunt.

hunting idioms and expressions

Many idioms originated from hunting and here is a list of them with examples.

  • bark up the wrong tree
    meaning – pursue the wrong thing
    example – I think you’re barking up the wrong tree, James is definitely gay.
  • call off the dogs
    meaning – stop someone behaving aggressively towards another person
    example – Call off the dogs Harry. He’s apologised, let that be the end of it.
  • hotshot
    meaning – an important/skilful/capable/successful person
    example – He’s a hotshot stockbroker. I trust him with my money.
  • hound someone
    meaning – harass, bother, annoy
    example – The paparazzi continuously hound celebrities.
  • keep at bay
    meaning – keep at a distance
    example – The ewe kept the wolf at bay whilst her lambs escaped.
  • long shot
    meaning – a guess/bet/suggestion with little chance of success
    example – I’ve put £10 on Tottenham to win the league. It’s a long shot, but they’re my team.
  • not by a long shot
    meaning – not at all
    example – I haven’t finished decorating my house yet. Not by a long shot.
  • run rings around
    meaning – outclass/a lot better than someone at particular activity
    example – Grandad is old now, we run rings around him.
  • sitting duck
    meaning – an easy target
    example – The soldiers ran out of bullets, they were sitting ducks for the enemy.

hunting idioms and expressions with pictures

hunting expressions and sayings
hunting phrases - bark up the wrong tree
hunting sayings - call off the dogs
hunting sayings - hotshot
hunting sayings - hound someone
hunting sayings - keep at bay
hunting expressions - long shot
hunting expressions - not by a long shot
hunting expressions - run rings around
hunting expressions - sitting duck

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