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Idioms and proverbs

Non-exhaustive list illustrating the significant presence of animals in our everyday language

Ants in one's pants 

Like a bat out of hell

Like a bear with a sore head  

Break the back of the beast  

Eager beaver 

Have a bee in one's bonnet  

Take the bull by the horns 

A cat in gloves catches no mice  

A cat can look at a king. 

A fat cat  

Like herding cats 

Cat-and-dog life
  (Also: argue/fight like cat and dog) 

Raining cats and dogs 

Play cat and mouse  

No spring chicken  

Chickens come home to roost

 A cash cow  

Till the cows come home 

Why buy a cow when you can get milk for free?  

Crocodile tears 

Eat crow 

As the crow flies  

Like a deer/rabbit caught in the headlights   

Dog's breakfast  

Dog eat dog 

Crooked as a dog's hind leg  

Like a dog with two tails.  

A dog's breakfast  

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