Animal expressions in English

Cats and dogs

Raining cats and dogs


Like a cat on a hot tin roof

Like a cat on a hot tin roof 

Missed by a whisker 

look what the cat dragged in 


Doggie house – In the doggie house – after doing bad things

Doggie breath 

Dogs dinner

A Dog’s life

Dog ear (a book)


Can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear

Make a pigs/sows ear out of something

Sweating like a pig 

Can’t make a silk purse from a sous ear

Make a pigs ear (of something)


Two birds with 1 stone

Sick as a parrot

Swan song

2 swallows don’t make a summer 


I was rat arsed last night

faster than a rat up a drainpipe 

Rat in the kitchen


Quiet as a church mouse