8 Simple Animal Idioms That Will Make You a Better Communicator

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This is a great resource of animal idioms with explanations and examples. At theย end of this lessons you will find a link to the website with more animal idioms and exercises. Enjoy!8 Simple Animal Idioms That Will Make You a Better Communicator

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1. Monkey businessย โ€“ silly, mischievous or deceitful behaviour; stupid or time-wasting activity

โ€“ Our accountant has been fired as there was some monkey business with the books.

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM meaning with image ๐Ÿค

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THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE WORM meaning with image ๐Ÿค

โ€“ Are you still fiddling about with those old tools? Stop the monkey business and get some new ones.

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2. Rat raceย โ€“ an exhausting and repetitive routine, a hectic struggle for success

โ€“ Iโ€™m so tired of the rat race. Iโ€™d love to retire and move to the country.

โ€“ She started to work from home as she couldnโ€™t stand the rat race at the office.

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3. Cat burglarย โ€“ a stealthy burglar who climbs into buildings, usually through upper windows, skylights, etc.

โ€“ Grandfatherโ€™s old telescope has disappeared from the loft. It must have been a cat burglar that took it.

โ€“ The inspector was surprised by the exploits of a cat burglar who only stole from upper floors and attics.

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4. Top dogย โ€“ the most important person in a group, somebody with the dominant position or highest authority

โ€“ I donโ€™t want to be the top dog at our company, I just do my job as well as I can.

โ€“ Peter is the top dog at English in our class.

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5. Cash cowย โ€“ a dependable source of income; a product or service that makes money

โ€“ Our companyโ€™s cash cow is the sales department, which makes enough income to finance the developers.

โ€“ The publisher saw the new bestseller as a cash cow.

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6. Eager beaverย โ€“ an enthusiastic hard worker; someone very excited to start a task

โ€“ The new secretary is an eager beaver. Although she comes to work at seven every day, sheโ€™s the last to leave in the evening.

โ€“ Donโ€™t be an eager beaver, we have plenty of time to do this job.

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7. Road hogย โ€“ a dangerous or inconsiderate driver, someone who drives carelessly and selfishly

โ€“ Sorry that weโ€™re so slow, but there is no way to overtake that road hog in front of us.

โ€“ A road hog nearly ran me over at the crossing as he failed to stop at the sign.

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8. Black sheepย โ€“ an undesirable member of a group, a disliked person, somebody who causes shame or embarrassment due to deviation

โ€“ Donโ€™t be surprised that he doesnโ€™t want to take over fatherโ€™s business, heโ€™s always been the black sheep of the family.

โ€“ They called me the black sheep as I didnโ€™t want to go to the pub and play billiards with them.

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If you are looking for more great animal idioms and exercises I suggest you to visit this website.

Do you know other animal idioms? Will you use these 8 in your daily English conversations? Let me know in the comments below.

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