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

By: Becky Stigall
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92% of People Can't Identify These Common Animal-Related Phrases... Can You?
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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 _______.
gorilla
The phrase is "800-pound gorilla." It means the leading force in an industry.
elephant
dog
money

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

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Don't count your ________ before they hatch.
dogs
cats
bugs
chickens
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.

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A little ____ told me.
swan
chip
bird
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.
man

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A ______ out of water.
fish
The expression is "A fish out of water." A fish out of water would be uncomfortable indeed.
cat
bird
squirrel

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

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

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Ants in your _____.
hair
shirt
pants
We think that any of these options would make one antsy. Do you agree?
shoes

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As rare as hen's _____.
teeth
The phrase is "as rare as hen's teeth." That's very rare, indeed.
feathers
feet
wings

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

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At a _______ pace.
snail's
The phrase is "at a snail's pace." It means really, really slow.
bee's
ant's
rabbit's

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Bats in the ______.
belfry
The expression is used to refer to someone who is strange or eccentric. It's sometimes shortened to just plain "batty."
dugout
trees
cave

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

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

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Between you and me and the _____ whiskers.
old man's
old woman's
cat's
The expression is "between you and me and the cat's whiskers." It means that you want something to be kept secret.
kid's

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Big ____ in a small pond.
wolf
house
fish
The expression is "big fish in a small pond." The big fish refers to someone who is important.
lily

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

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Birds of a feather _____ together.
chirp
nest
flock
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.
fly south

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Bull in a _____ shop.
bait
fashion
hat
china
A bull in a china shop would be bad. This expression refers to someone who is clumsy.

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Busy as a ____.
beaver
bee
both a and b
"Bee" and "beaver" are commonly used in this phrase. It means to be extremely busy.
neither a nor b

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___________ in your stomach.
Bees
Bears
Bats
Butterflies
The expression is "butterflies in your stomach." It means that you are nervous.

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Can of _____.
bees
bears
worms
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!
beavers

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Cat and _____.
dog
squirrel
mouse
The expression is "cat and mouse." It refers to situations where one person is trying to catch another.
rabbit

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

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

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Come out of your _____.
house
tent
shell
The expression is "come out of your shell." Someone who is shy is in his/her shell.
bed

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Crocodile _____.
mouth
tears
The expression is "crocodile tears." Crocodile tears are big, fake tears.
eyes
legs

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Dog and pony ____.
race
rides
show
The phrase is "dog and pony show." This refers to something that has no real substance.
stable

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Dog-eat-___.
dog
The expression is "dog-eat-dog." This refers to intense competition.
bone
cat
mouse

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

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Like a ____ to water.
dog
duck
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?
cat
bird

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

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Eat like a ____.
horse
cow
bird
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.
duck

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Even a blind ________ finds a nut once in a while.
penguin
koala
squirrel
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.
bird

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

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