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【Idioms: Part 3】

(Contributed by Crystal)
Fish out of water – Being somewhere you don’t belong
Example: When I traveled to California for vacation, I felt like a fish out of water.
Kettle of fish – Something is completely different
Get off your high horse – Quit thinking you are better than others
Hold your horses – Wait a minute
Example: Don’t leave yet; I want to go with you so just hold your horses!
Horse of a different color – Something that is different
Let the cat out of the bag – Tell a secret
Example: Her birthday party is going to be a surprise, so please don’t let the cat out of the bag!
Curiosity killed the cat – Asking may get you in trouble
Cat got your tongue? – Why aren’t you talking?
Example: You are so quiet today; What’s the matter; cat got your tongue?
Raining cats and dogs – It is raining very hard
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks – It’s harder for older people to learn new things
Hot dog – A person doing athletic stunts that are dangerous
Doggy bag – A bag to take home leftovers from a restaurant
A little birdie told me – Someone told me a secret
Bee in her bonnet – She is upset
Goose is cooked – Now you’re in trouble
For the birds – Something that is not worth anything
Birdbrain – Someone who is not very smart
But a bug in his ear – Make a suggestion
A bull in a china shop – someone who is very clumsy
Pig out – To eat a lot
Wolf in sheep’s clothing – A person who pretends to be nice but is not
Cry crocodile tears – To pretend to be upset
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