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Sayings About Animals #2

The missing words in these popular cliches are the names of animals. See if you can guess them.
Some answers are plural
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Last updated: August 28, 2018
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First submittedSeptember 30, 2010
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Average score70.0%
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Cliche
When pigs fly
It's a dog eat dog world
The cat's pajamas
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Wise as an owl
The world is my oyster
Like rats abandoning a sinking ship
The chickens coming home to roost
A wolf in sheep's clothing
Quit cold turkey
Cliche
Kill two birds with one stone
The birds and the bees. (Facts of life)
The canary in the coal mine
An elephant never forgets
Fun as a barrel of monkeys
The best laid plans of mice and men
Vain as a peacock
A big fish in a small pond
Have a tiger by the tail
All hat, no cattle
47 Comments
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Level 15
Sep 30, 2010
I got 11... the cliche's are always lost on me.
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Level 50
Sep 30, 2010
All hat no cattle think Texas and Dubya.
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Level 28
Aug 18, 2011
You should accept chicken
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Level 45
Apr 17, 2019
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Level 35
Jul 4, 2020
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Level 55
Oct 8, 2022
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2023
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Level 62
Aug 31, 2011
I didn't get the cattle one because my mum used to say 'All hat, no knickers!' but I'm guessing that probably has a different meaning
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Level 42
Jun 6, 2015
That's the one I know too!
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Level 41
Feb 3, 2012
In all my long life I've never heard "all hat, no cattle"...but then, us Easterners an' city folk don't cotton much to them country sayin's.
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Level 75
Jul 3, 2020
I'm a country girl and I've never heard it either.
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Level 44
May 13, 2012
I got "Like RATS sinking an abandoned ship" but not "The birds and the BEES" lol
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Level 75
Nov 3, 2021
If it wasn't for rats there would be loads of abandoned ships floating around, it's a good thing they sink them for us.
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Level 23
Mar 13, 2013
Extraordinary for me to get most hard ones and not the ones that 'everyone' should know XD!
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Level 67
Mar 13, 2013
I only missed "vain as a peacock" and "all hat and no cattle," but after Googling the latter, I'm gonna have to mix it into my repertoire. I like it.
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Level 91
Mar 13, 2013
Never heard it as "vain" as a peacock - I've only ever heard "proud". Used to be NBC's slogan.
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Level 69
Feb 28, 2016
Ditto.
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Level 95
Jul 2, 2017
Likewise
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Level 72
Jul 3, 2020
Well, the French version translates to "Proud as a peacock". I guess French people view beauty as a good thing, whereas English people see it as superficiality.
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Level 72
Mar 28, 2023
The great Irish writer Flann O'Brien wrote the following statement for the masthead of Blather, a magazine he founded while at Trinity College in Dublin:

'*Blather* is here. As we advance to make our bow, you will look in vain for signs of servility or of any evidence of a desire to please. We are an arrogant and depraved body of men. We are as proud as bantams and as vain as peacocks.

'"Blather doesn't care." A sardonic laugh escapes us as we bow, cruel and cynical hounds that we are. It is a terrible laugh, the laugh of lost men. Do you get the smell of porter?

(There's more, but like Fermat's last theorem it doesn't fit in this tight space.)

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Level 77
Mar 13, 2013
As a bald man, I tried "All hat, no hare" - get it? HAHAHA!!
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Level 27
Mar 13, 2013
wow I cant believe I got 100%!!!
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Level 14
Mar 13, 2013
100% like a boss
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Level 17
Mar 15, 2013
Fun quiz. Haven't heard some of these be4.
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Level 68
Nov 10, 2013
For some reason, all I could think of was "all hat and no rabbit". I've been thinking about magicians too often.
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Level 68
Jul 3, 2020
That's all I could come up with too
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Level 82
Feb 16, 2015
Some of us in the UK think that you should accept "The world is my Lobster"... ;) :)

To quote a certain Arthur Daley from the TV series 'Minder'...

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Level 22
Feb 14, 2016
Can you accept non plural words.. Like chicken... Instead of only chickens... Got Monkey and Chicken but forgot to add the S.
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Level 23
Feb 15, 2016
Kim and Whitney aren't very good at this game
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Level 56
Jul 18, 2016
I've never heard of "All hat, no cattle." I tried "All hat, no rabbit." It wasn't right, but I like it better.
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Level 71
Jul 28, 2017
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Level 34
Jul 27, 2018
...all hat no rabbit makes more sense than cattle...
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Level 27
Apr 5, 2017
Re 'all hat, no cattle' I think it's supposed to be 'big hat, no cattle'. Randy Newman even wrote a song about it, lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdgcyT_nsBA
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Level 71
Jul 28, 2017
There used to be a saying where I come from "If you can't fight - wear a big hat"
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Level 12
Jul 28, 2017
Where's the saying "If you don't want to run with the big dogs, stay on the porch"
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Level 53
Mar 17, 2018
You can also add "It's raining cats and dogs" or "Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my"
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Level 51
Sep 3, 2018
Have you heard the John Lennon song, "Cold Turkey?" It's a very great song.
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Level 72
Jul 3, 2020
"All hat and no cattle" is such a great figure of speech. I'd never heard it before, but it just sounds so quintessentially cowboy, like something the narrator from The Big Lebowsky would say.
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Level 86
Jul 3, 2020
I've always heard it as "all hat, no cowboy". But it wasn't a far leap to cattle.
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Level 57
Jul 3, 2020
Flo from Alice: When donkeys fly.
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Level 67
Sep 24, 2021
The only one I didn't know was the third, but I knew the last one, so 100%
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Level 77
Apr 22, 2022
I've heard of proud as a peacock--what region uses vain?
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Level 77
Sep 21, 2022
Of course it's no wonder that a non-native like me has challenges with cliches and idioms anyway, but an additional problem comes from the basically same sayings being a bit different in different languages/cultures.

For example, in Finland we don't speak about pigs flying but cows. And instead of "birds and bees" we say "flowers and bees" (which I dare state is more logical).

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Level 67
Mar 28, 2023
Logic isn't the purpose of idioms.
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Level 67
Mar 28, 2023
This is a fun quiz to play, even though the no hat no bovine question tripped me up.
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Level 53
Mar 28, 2023
Not accepting rat or chicken? Is it necessary to add extra s?
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Level 78
Mar 29, 2023
I tried 'pig' but not 'pigs' 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️