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Funny old sayings

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Halfhidden, Sep 4, 2011.

  1. Halfhidden

    Halfhidden Untouchable Staff Member Administrator

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    I was thinking the other day about some old sayings and odd comments people make. Whilst thinking about it they mostly involved animals in one way or other, why is that?
    Here are some examples. Also see if you can add to this list.
    Flogging a dead horse
    Acting the goat
    Hen pecked
    Sweating like a pig
    Feeling sheepish
    Hounding
    Quiet as a mouse
    Cat got your tongue
    P*ssed as a rat
    Wise like an owl
    Sharp as an eagle
     
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    sparky Authoritarian Staff Member Administrator

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    sick as a dog
    sick as a parrot
    daft as a cow
    hung like a donkey
    I can eat a horse
     
  3. Halfhidden

    Halfhidden Untouchable Staff Member Administrator

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    Hair of the dog
    Sly as a fox
     
  4. sparky

    sparky Authoritarian Staff Member Administrator

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    dinners in the dog
    plenty more fish in the sea
    snake in the grass
     
  5. sparky

    sparky Authoritarian Staff Member Administrator

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    lame as a duck
    p p p pick up a penguin (well its of an tv advert )
    busy as a bee
     
  6. Halfhidden

    Halfhidden Untouchable Staff Member Administrator

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    Raining cats and dogs
    The dog's b******s
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
    Cheeky monkey
    Playing chicken
    bull in a china shop
     
  7. sparky

    sparky Authoritarian Staff Member Administrator

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    see you later alligater
    in a while crocodile
    let the cat out of the bag
    been sold a puppy
    blind as a bat
    killing two birds with one stone
     
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  8. Halfhidden

    Halfhidden Untouchable Staff Member Administrator

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    Don't count your chickens till they've hatched
    The cat's whiskers
    Memory like a fish
    Like a cat on a hot tin roof
    Never look a gift horse in the mouth
    Foxy lady
     
  9. treeve

    treeve Major Contributor

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    Much easier to anthropomorphise than to make ill-founded claims against our fellow man/woman, animals cannot make a legal accusation in a court of law, by proxy or otherwise. :)
     
  10. tabtab13

    tabtab13 Active Member

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    There's quite a few, isn't there?! Perhaps it's a link back to Man's early origins, a reliance on animals for food, skins, clothing, etc, etc and cave paintings show the relationship we had regarding animals way back in the past - early hunters making images of the animals they'd hope to catch. The relationship between Man and other animals goes way back into the past, so as language developed, there was that comparison between us and animals, and we see the remnants of that in our language today.
     
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    CHILLYWILLY Active Member

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    Drunk as a skunk
    P*ssed as a newt
    Pigs might fly
    As proud as a pig
    Happy as a pig in s*it
    Happy as a dead bird
    Tight as a ducks a**
    Mad as a box of frogs
     
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