List of animal idioms beginning with D and meanings
How does the list works?
There are 3 parts to each idioms the first part is what the idiom is, then an explanation of what it means and the last part is an example of how to use it in a sentence.
How do I use the list of animal idioms A to Z?
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Animal idioms beginning with D
a dark horse
- a candidate who is little known to the general public
The candidate for mayor was a dark horse until he gave some good speeches on TV.
dog and pony show
- something that you disapprove of because you think that it has only been organized to impress you (like a dog and pony show in a circus)
We had serious questions about the project but we only got a dog and pony show when we questioned our business partners.
- ready or willing to fight and hurt others to get what one wants
It is a dog-eat-dog world in our company.
dog in the manger
- someone who prevents others from doing what they themselves do not want to do (in Aesop's Fables a dog that cannot eat hay lays in the hayrack and prevents the other animals from eating the hay)
My friend always acts like a dog in the manger and often tries to prevent us from enjoying ourselves.
- a very long time
I was happy to see my friend because I had not seen her in donkey's years.
a dumb bunny
- a stupid or gullible person
"He really is a dumb bunny. He does such stupid things."
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