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Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Animal idioms - crossword

One of my recommended sites is BBC Learning English. It has a lot of great material - reading, listening, vocabulary, etc.
This week they have a fun crossword looking at animal idioms. Have a look and see how many you know!
Let me know how you got on!
English is full of idioms - do you know any more animal idioms?

There is also a lesson on animal idioms on this blog.


  1. I'm dog-tired after working on this blog all morning!

  2. I got 8 out of 10 without cheating. I have no idea about no. 4 and 5.
    More animal idioms I know:
    - That is a horse of a different colour.
    - To kill two birds with one stone.

  3. Can you put those idioms into a sentence please?!

  4. Lunch time.
    I'm so hungry I could eat a horse!!

  5. Well done, I really like the blog...

    Guess that it might work, will be happy if our people visit this page ...

    I had known 5 animal idioms from the crossword...

    Good luck with that, I. :-)

  6. Um, okay, here you go:

    I finally went to watch this film last night. By the way, I met Tony at the cinema, but that is a horse of a different colour.

    My back is aching. I should go on a walk. But I am also hungry. I think I will walk to the Italian restaurant and kill two birds with one stone - get my walk and something to eat.

  7. Great stuff.
    Like water off a duck's back!