92% of People Can't Identify These Common Animal-Related Phrases... Can You?

By: Becky Stigall
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About This Quiz

If you lie down with dogs, you might get up with fleas. Words of wisdom, it may seem. But there is more to this and these other animal-related sayings.

800-pound _______.

The phrase is "800-pound gorilla." It means the leading force in an industry.

________ in the room.

The phrase is "elephant in the room." This refers to something obvious that no one wants to talk about.

Don't count your ________ before they hatch.

The expression is "Don't count your chickens before they hatch." It means that you should wait to see what you get before you count on it.

A little ____ told me.

The phrase is "a little bird told me," although other small animals may be used. The phrase means that the person doesn't want to say where he/she got their information.

A ______ out of water.

The expression is "A fish out of water." A fish out of water would be uncomfortable indeed.

________ around your neck.

The phrase is "albatross around your neck." It refers to a weighty problem that may be stopping you from doing something or being successful.

All bark and no ____.

The phrase is "all bark and no bite." It refers to someone who talks tough but is not a real threat.

Ants in your _____.

We think that any of these options would make one antsy. Do you agree?

As rare as hen's _____.

The phrase is "as rare as hen's teeth." That's very rare, indeed.

As the crow _____.

The expression is "as the crow flies." It refers to the shortest distance or straightest line between two points.

At a _______ pace.

The phrase is "at a snail's pace." It means really, really slow.

Bats in the ______.

The expression is used to refer to someone who is strange or eccentric. It's sometimes shortened to just plain "batty."

Beating a ____ horse.

The expression is "beating a dead horse." It means to keep doing something that has no chance of succeeding.

Bee in your ______.

The expression is to have a "bee in your bonnet." It means you are excited or bothered about something.

Between you and me and the _____ whiskers.

The expression is "between you and me and the cat's whiskers." It means that you want something to be kept secret.

Big ____ in a small pond.

The expression is "big fish in a small pond." The big fish refers to someone who is important.

A bird in the ____ is worth two in the bush.

The expression is "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." The bird in the hand is a sure thing.

Birds of a feather _____ together.

The expression is "Birds of a feather flock together." It means that people who are alike or who have similar interests tend to gather together.

Bull in a _____ shop.

A bull in a china shop would be bad. This expression refers to someone who is clumsy.

Busy as a ____.

"Bee" and "beaver" are commonly used in this phrase. It means to be extremely busy.

___________ in your stomach.

The expression is "butterflies in your stomach." It means that you are nervous.

Can of _____.

The expression is a "can of worms." Opening a can of worms means to unleash trouble. Hard to imagine what a can of bees, bears or beavers would unleash!

Cat and _____.

The expression is "cat and mouse." It refers to situations where one person is trying to catch another.

Cat got your ______?

The phrase is "Cat got your tongue?" It means that you aren't speaking up when you know something.

Close the stable door after the _____ has bolted.

The expression is "close the stable door after the horse has bolted." This refers to doing something that is fruitless and too late.

Come out of your _____.

The expression is "come out of your shell." Someone who is shy is in his/her shell.

Crocodile _____.

The expression is "crocodile tears." Crocodile tears are big, fake tears.

Dog and pony ____.

The phrase is "dog and pony show." This refers to something that has no real substance.


The expression is "dog-eat-dog." This refers to intense competition.

Don't look a gift _____ in the mouth.

The expression is "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth." It means you should be grateful for what you are given.

Like a ____ to water.

The expression is "like a duck to water." It refers to someone who is comfortable in a situation. Are you taking to this quiz like a duck to water?

The early bird catches the ______.

The phrase is "The early bird catches the worm." It refers to the successes realized by people who get started before everyone else.

Eat like a ____.

If someone eats like a bird, they don't eat much. But some birds eat up to their own weight in one day, sooo... yeah.

Even a blind ________ finds a nut once in a while.

The phrase is "Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while." This means that even the most disadvantaged can get lucky occasionally.

Every ___ has its day.

The expression is "Every dog has its day." This saying refers to the fact that everyone gets a chance to stand out eventually.

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