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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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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
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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 51
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 36
Jul 4, 2020
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Level 55
Oct 8, 2022
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Level 59
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 43
Jun 6, 2015
That's the one I know too!
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Level 42
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 76
Jul 3, 2020
I'm a country girl and I've never heard it either.
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Level 43
May 13, 2012
I got "Like RATS sinking an abandoned ship" but not "The birds and the BEES" lol
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Level 72
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 89
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 70
Feb 28, 2016
Ditto.
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Level 93
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 78
Mar 13, 2013
As a bald man, I tried "All hat, no hare" - get it? HAHAHA!!
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Level 28
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 69
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 66
Jul 3, 2020
That's all I could come up with too
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Level 80
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 24
Feb 15, 2016
Kim and Whitney aren't very good at this game
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Level 57
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 35
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 13
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 51
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 37
Sep 3, 2018
Have you heard the John Lennon song, "Cold Turkey?" It's a very great song.
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Level 70
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 84
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 63
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 72
Apr 22, 2022
I've heard of proud as a peacock--what region uses vain?
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Level 73
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).