Animal idioms

1) act as a guinea pig

— to allow some kind of test to be performed on someone

I was not happy to act as a guinea pig for the new training material.

2) as awkward as a cow on roller skates

— very awkward

The little girl was as awkward as a cow on roller skates when she first began riding her bicycle.

3) as clean as a hound's tooth

— very clean

The classroom was as clean as a hound's tooth when the students finished cleaning it.

4) as conceited as a barber's cat

— very conceited, vain

My friend became as conceited as a barber's cat after she won the award at school.

5) as crooked as a dog's hind leg

— dishonest

The politician is as crooked as a dog's hind leg and nobody trusts him.

6) as drunk as a skunk

— very drunk

The man was as drunk as a skunk when he walked into the restaurant.

7) as hungry as a bear

— very hungry

I was as hungry as a bear when I arrived home from work.

8) as innocent as a lamb

— having no guilt, naive

The little girl is as innocent as a lamb and everybody loves her.

9) as poor as a church mouse

— very poor

My cousin is as poor as a church mouse and never has any money to spend.

10) as scared as a rabbit

— very scared

I was as scared as a rabbit when I entered the empty room.

11) as sly as a fox

— smart and clever

The manager of our apartment is as sly as a fox.

12) as strong as a horse/ox

— very strong

The man was as strong as an ox and easily helped us move the sofa.

13) as stubborn as a mule

— very stubborn

My friend is as stubborn as a mule and you can never make her change her mind.

14) as weak as a kitten

— weak, sickly

The girl is as weak as a kitten and cannot carry the books.