15 Idioms on animals - Set 27

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391. Two heads are better than one

  • Meaning: Collaboration and combined thinking often lead to better solutions or ideas.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Let's work together on this project; after all, two heads are better than one.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Seeking input from diverse team members is beneficial because two heads are better than one.

392. Ugly duckling

  • Meaning: A person or thing that appears unattractive or unpromising at first but has the potential to become beautiful or successful.

  • Sentence Usage 1: As a child, he was considered the ugly duckling of the family, but he transformed into a handsome adult.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The small startup, initially seen as an ugly duckling, eventually became a successful tech giant.

393. Until the last dog is shot

  • Meaning: Until the very end; indefinitely.

  • Sentence Usage 1: I'll keep searching for the missing item until the last dog is shot.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The team promised to continue the fight until the last dog is shot, refusing to give up.

394. Up with the lark

  • Meaning: To wake up very early in the morning.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Farmers are up with the lark to start their day's work.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Despite the late-night event, she was up with the lark the next morning.

395. Vultures are circling

  • Meaning: A sign that people are waiting for an opportunity to take advantage of a difficult situation.

  • Sentence Usage 1: With the company facing financial troubles, vultures are circling to acquire its assets.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The political leader's scandal attracted negative attention, and vultures started circling for potential political gains.

396. Wag the dog

  • Meaning: To divert attention from a major issue by focusing on a minor issue.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The scandal was an attempt to wag the dog and distract the public from the real problems.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Critics accused the government of using the international incident to wag the dog and shift attention away from domestic issues.

397. Water off a duck's back

  • Meaning: Something that doesn't affect or bother someone at all.

  • Sentence Usage 1: Negative comments about her work were like water off a duck's back; she remained unaffected.

  • Sentence Usage 2: His insults were water off a duck's back to her; she didn't let them get to her.

398. Whale of a time

  • Meaning: An extremely enjoyable or entertaining experience.

  • Sentence Usage 1: We had a whale of a time at the beach, enjoying the sun, sand, and surf.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The concert was fantastic; we had a whale of a time dancing and singing along.

399. What can you expect from a hog but a grunt?

  • Meaning: People will behave in a manner consistent with their nature or character.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He never helps with chores; what can you expect from a hog but a grunt?

  • Sentence Usage 2: The lazy student didn't contribute to the group project. What can you expect from a hog but a grunt?

400. What's good for the goose is good for the gander

  • Meaning: What is appropriate or acceptable for one person should be equally acceptable for another.

  • Sentence Usage 1: If the boss can take a day off, then what's good for the goose is good for the gander; I should be able to as well.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Equality in the workplace means that what's good for the goose is good for the gander in terms of opportunities and benefits.

401. When pigs fly

  • Meaning: Used to express skepticism about the occurrence of something extremely unlikely.

  • Sentence Usage 1: "You'll finish your homework before the game starts." "Sure, Mom, when pigs fly!"

  • Sentence Usage 2: I'll believe he'll apologize when pigs fly; he's too proud.

402. When the chickens come home to roost

  • Meaning: When the negative consequences of one's actions catch up with them.

  • Sentence Usage 1: He cheated on his exams, and now, when the chickens come home to roost, he faces academic consequences.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The politician's dishonesty will be revealed, and when the chickens come home to roost, it will impact his career.

403. Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

  • Meaning: A question that raises the issue of causality and a lack of clear starting point.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The debate over whether technology shapes society or vice versa is like asking, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

  • Sentence Usage 2: In philosophy, the question of whether the mind or body is primary is often likened to "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?"

404. While the cat's away, the mouse will play

  • Meaning: People will take advantage of the absence of authority to behave in ways they normally wouldn't.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The boss is on vacation, and while the cat's away, the mouse will play; the employees are enjoying a more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Sentence Usage 2: Parents should be aware that, while the cat's away, the mouse will play, so it's essential to set rules for their children.

405. White elephant

  • Meaning: Something that is expensive and difficult to maintain or useless and burdensome.

  • Sentence Usage 1: The grand but impractical fountain in the courtyard became a white elephant for the homeowners.

  • Sentence Usage 2: The government's investment in the outdated technology proved to be a white elephant.

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