Archive for the ‘Animal Idioms’ category

Idiom – “the last straw (that broke the camel’s back)”

April 11th, 2015

Definition:
The final problem or difficulty in a series that now calls for an immediate response.  (From the image of a camel loaded with so much weight that one more straw will break the camel’s back.)
Example:
MotherSheryl is out with her friends for the fourth time this week, and she is past her curfew again.
FatherThis is the last straw.  She is grounded for the rest of the month

Idiom – “their bark is worse than their bite”

January 23rd, 2015

Definition:
When someone talks tough and makes threats, but does not take action.

Example:
Baseball player 1 “Wow, coach says we’ll have to practice all weekend because we lost the game.
Baseball player 2Don’t worry about coach.  His bark is always worse than his bite.“

 

Idiom – “don’t count your chickens before they hatch”

June 29th, 2014

Definition:
This means that you should not be too confident or optimistic about your plans succeeding before you see the results.

Example:
Son“The interview went really well, and I’m positive they will give me the job by next week.  So I’m going to celebrate tonight and buy that electric guitar that’s on sale.”
Father“Don’t count your chickens before they hatch, son… just wait until you are offered the job.

Idiom – “never look a gift horse in the mouth”

June 29th, 2014

Definition:
When receiving a gift do not question or criticize the gift too closely, just be appreciative.

Example:
Daughter The diamond earrings Aunt Sally gave me are too small.  You can hardly seem them!
Mother – Never look a gift horse in the mouth, now send your Aunt Sally a thank you card.