List of animal idioms beginning with W and meanings
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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 W
weasel out of (something)
- to not have to do something (like a weasel which can move through small openings)
My friend was able to weasel out of going to the store for his mother.
when the cat's away, the mice will play
- when you are not watching someone they may get into trouble, when a person with authority is absent then those below him or her can do whatever they want
When the cat's away, the mice will play and when the teacher left the classroom the students began to play.
a white elephant
- something that is not useful and costs a lot of money to maintain
The airport is a white elephant and nobody liked to use it.
wild horses could not drag (someone away)
- there is nothing that will force someone to go somewhere or do something
Wild horses could not drag me away from my favorite TV show last night.
a wildcat strike
- a strike spontaneously arranged by a group of workers
There was a wildcat strike at the factory and the workers stopped work.
wolf down (something)
- to gulp down something, to eat something quickly
I wolfed down my dinner and left the house for the movie.
a wolf in sheep`s clothing
- a person who pretends to be good but really is bad
"Be careful of that man. He is a wolf in sheep`s clothing."
work like a dog
- to work very hard
The boy worked like a dog on his school project.
work like a horse
- to work very hard
My grandfather worked like a horse when he was a young man.
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