15 Idioms on animals - Set 25

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361. Snug as a bug in a rug

  • Meaning: Extremely comfortable and cozy.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Wrapped in a warm blanket, she felt snug as a bug in a rug on the chilly winter evening.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The cat found a soft spot on the couch and settled down, looking snug as a bug in a rug.

362. Social butterfly

  • Meaning: Someone who enjoys socializing and is often seen at social events.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Sarah is a real social butterfly; she attends every party and gathering in town.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Unlike her introverted sister, Emily is a social butterfly who thrives in large social circles.

363. Sprat to catch a mackerel

  • Meaning: A small expense or sacrifice made in the hope of gaining a much larger benefit.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The manager viewed the initial discount as a sprat to catch a mackerel, hoping for increased sales in the long run.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Offering a free trial period is a sprat to catch a mackerel strategy often employed by subscription services.

364. Spring chicken

  • Meaning: A young and inexperienced person; also used to refer to something new or fresh.

  • Sentence Usage 1: At 40, he considered himself no spring chicken in the tech industry.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The new employee is no spring chicken, but he brings a fresh perspective to the team.

365. Stalking horse

  • Meaning: Someone or something used to conceal one's true purpose or intentions.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The proposal to build a new mall served as a stalking horse for a larger development plan.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The controversial policy was presented as a stalking horse to divert attention from other legislative changes.

366. Strain at the leash

  • Meaning: To be eager to do something or move forward but held back by external constraints.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The team is straining at the leash, ready to implement the new project as soon as approval is granted.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The enthusiastic student was straining at the leash to start the internship and apply her knowledge in a real-world setting.

367. Straw that broke the camel's back

  • Meaning: The final minor incident or problem that causes a situation to become unbearable or leads to a breaking point.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The missed deadline was the straw that broke the camel's back, and the client decided to terminate the contract.

  • Sentence Usage 2: After a series of small conflicts, the argument over household chores became the straw that broke the camel's back in their relationship.

368. Strong as an ox

  • Meaning: Extremely physically strong and robust.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Despite his age, the farmer remains as strong as an ox, handling heavy machinery effortlessly.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The weightlifter's training regimen made her as strong as an ox, enabling her to lift impressive amounts of weight.

369. Strong like bull, dumb like stump

  • Meaning: Physically strong but lacking intelligence or common sense.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He may be strong like a bull, but he's often described as "dumb like a stump" due to his poor decision-making.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The wrestler was strong like a bull in the ring, but his lack of strategic thinking made him vulnerable to opponents.

370. Stubborn as a mule

  • Meaning: Unreasonably obstinate or resistant to change.

  • Sentence Usage 1: My grandfather is as stubborn as a mule; once he makes up his mind, it's challenging to convince him otherwise.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Despite multiple attempts to introduce new technologies, the employee remained stubborn as a mule and insisted on using outdated methods.

371. Swansong

  • Meaning: The final work, performance, or accomplishment of a person's career or life.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The actor's last movie was considered his swansong, showcasing his talent one final time before retirement.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The renowned pianist played a beautiful swansong concert before bidding farewell to the stage.

372. Sweat like a pig

  • Meaning: To sweat profusely, often due to physical exertion or intense heat.

  • Sentence Usage 1: After the intense workout, she emerged from the gym, sweating like a pig.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The laborers working under the scorching sun were sweating like pigs by midday.

373. Swim with the fishes

  • Meaning: To be dead, often as a result of foul play.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The detective warned the informant that if he betrayed them, he'd end up swimming with the fishes.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The mob boss suggested that those who crossed him would find themselves swimming with the fishes.

374. Take the bull by its horns

  • Meaning: To confront a difficult or challenging situation directly and with confidence.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Instead of avoiding the issue, she decided to take the bull by its horns and address the problem head-on.

  • Sentence Usage 2: When faced with a tough decision, the manager chose to take the bull by its horns and make the necessary changes.

375. Take up the reins

  • Meaning: Assume control or leadership of a situation.

  • Sentence Usage 1: After the CEO resigned, the interim leader had to take up the reins of the company and guide it through the transition.

  • Sentence Usage 2: As the project manager, she was ready to take up the reins and steer the team towards success.

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