List of animal idioms beginning with H 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.
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Animal idioms beginning with H
have a cow
- to become very angry and upset about something
Our teacher had a cow when nobody prepared for the class.
have a tiger by the tail
- to have a task or situation that you are not prepared for or which is a bigger challenge that you expected
The politician had a tiger by the tail as he tried to manage the large problem.
have a whale of a time
- to have an exciting and interesting time
We had a whale of a time at the party last night.
have bats in one's belfry
- to be a little bit crazy
I think that our neighbor has bats in her belfry.
hit the bulls-eye
- to reach or focus on the main point of something
Our manager hit the bulls-eye when he talked about the problems in the company.
hold one`s horses
- to wait, to be patient
"Hold your horses for a moment while I make a phone call."
- used to express strong feelings of astonishment or pleasure or anger
"Holy cow," the man said when he saw the car that hit the street lamp.
- to walk or run (a hoof is the foot of a horse or sheep or cow etc.)
I decided to hoof it when I came downtown this morning.
- to play around (in a rough way)
The teacher told the children not to horse around while they were getting ready for class.
a horse of a different color
- another matter entirely, something else, something different than the subject that is being discussed
Changing locations is a horse of a different color and was never discussed in the meeting.
- common sense, practical thinking
The boy does not have any horse sense and often makes the wrong decision.
- to bargain in a hard and skillful way
We had to do some horse trading but finally we were able to buy the new house.
to hound (someone)
- to pursue or chase someone, to harass someone
The manager is always hounding the younger members of her staff to make them work hard.
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