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Animal Idioms and Expressions N-R

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N

NEST
children must fly the nest / leave the nest
Children must eventually leave home.

feathering one's nest
to acquire wealth for oneself, especially by taking advantage of one's position or using the property of others
Source: funbrain.com

nest egg
a fund of money kept in reserve; savings
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

NOSE
cold nose, warm heart
Cold on the outside, but full of love on the inside
Source: Lewis, Stacey

O

OWL
drunk as a boiled owl
Drunk.
Source: Funk, Charles

owly
cranky, unco-operative, negative
Source: Wayne Magnuson

I wasn't brought up in the woods to be scared by owls
I'm not foolish or easily frightened.
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

sorry as owl bait
worthless
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

wise as an owl
Source: Dianna Ly

slick as owl grease
smooth and slick
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

OX
as strong as an ox
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)

ox-eyed
having large round eyes, like those of an ox
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

OYSTER
the world is his oyster
He can do anything.
Source: Dani Hoogerhyde

oyster
Informal. a very uncommunicative person
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

P

PARROT
as sick as a parrot
very, very sick; on your deathbed, sicker than a dog
Source: Wayne Magnuson

PEACOCK
proud as a peacock
Proud.

happy as a peacock
very happy, very pleased
Source: Wayne Magnuson

vain as a peacock
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)

PECKING
the pecking order
describes the relative rank or importance of someone within a group
refers to hens establishing a dominance hierarchy by pecking
Source: indiana.edu

PIG
fat as a pig
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)

on the pig's back
Irish and N.Z. successful; established: he's on the pig's back now.
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

pig it
Informal. to live in squalor.
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

pig out
Informal. to devour (food) greedily.
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

a pig in a poke
a risk, a gamble, taking a chance
Source: Wayne Magnuson

even a blind pig finds an acorn once in awhile
everybody gets lucky sometimes Source: Dog Hause Visitor Jennifer Hale

make a pig of yourself
Eat all you want.

in a pig's eye
nonsense
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

sweating like a pig
sweating a lot

eat like a pig
Eat a lot.

bleed like a stuck pig
it bleed very freely
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

if that don't beat a pig a-pecking
that's amazing
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

blind pig
a place to buy illicit liquor
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

happy as a pig in mud
happy and content
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

ain't fittin' to roll with a pig
is or are uncouth and disgusting
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

when pigs fly
Never.
Source: Big List of Cliches

buy a pig in a poke
Buy something without seeing it first.

PIGEONs
stool-pigeon
An informer.
Source: Funk, Charles

clay pigeon
a person easily cheated or taken advantage of
Source: funbrain.com

pigeon-toed
having the toes turned inwards
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

put, set, etc., {the cat among the pigeons}
to introduce some violently disturbing new element
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

PORQUPINE
Prickly as a porcupine
Source: Dianna Ly

POSSUM
to play possum
To pretend; to deceive. If the possum is threatened with capture it will lie with closed eyes and limp muscles, and no amount of handling or ordinary abuse will cause it to show signs of life.
Source: Funk, Charles

grin like a barrel of possum heads
to grin very wide
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

PUPPY (PUPS)
puppy love
Puppy love is a juvenile crush (another idiom) on a member of the opposite sex... the youngest and most infatuous of loves is puppy love!
Source: BOBLOV1@aol.com

cut dog has no pups
I don't want to cut the cards
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

proud as a pup with a new collar
very proud
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

pretty as a speckled pup
very pretty
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

R

RABBIT
quick as a rabbit
Source: Dianna Ly

rabbit food
lettuce, carrots, cabbage etc.
Source: Wayne Magnuson

harmless as a pet rabbit
harmless, gentle
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

RAT
like rats abandoning a sinking ship
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)

dirty rat
immoral person, liar, scum
Source: Wayne Magnuson

rat fink
person who tattles
Source: Wayne Magnuson

rat on
tell the police or the authorities
Source: Wayne Magnuson

rat
Slang. chiefly US an informer; stool pigeon
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

rat
Informal. a despicable person
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

rats
an exclamation of rejection or disdain
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

rat race
Work force.
Source: Cliche Finder

(The thing about the rat race is, weather you win or lose, you’re still a rat…)

smell a rat
Think that there is a traitor.
Source: Cliche Finder

rat
Informal. a person who deserts his friends or associates, esp in time of trouble
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

rat
Informal. a worker who works during a strike; blackleg; scab
Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

RATTLER
mean as a rattler
Source: Dianna Ly

crooked as a rattler in a cactus patch
very crooked
Source: Bertram, Anne (Pig's Eye)

ROOSTER (and ROOST)
feeling like a rooster in a hen house
Feeling like you don't belong.

the chickens come home to roost
You have to face the consequences of your mistakes or bad deeds.
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)

to rule the roost
To control the home.

bet on a lame rooster
bet on a loser
Source: Wayne Magnuson

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