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Sayings About Animals #1

The missing words in these popular cliches are the names of animals. See if you can guess them.
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First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
Last updatedAugust 28, 2018
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Cliche
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
Like shooting fish in a barrel
Curiosity killed the cat
The dog days of summer
Like water off a duck's back
The boy who cried wolf
Poor as a church mouse
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
Stubborn as a mule
The early bird gets the worm
Cliche
What's good for the goose is good for the gander
Like a bull in a china shop
Pearls before swine
A fly in the ointment
Monkey see, monkey do
Down the rabbit hole
Blind as a bat
A bee in one's bonnet
Crazy like a fox
Like a chicken with its head cut off
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level 59
Jun 25, 2010
14/20. I don't know my animals.
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level 71
Aug 22, 2010
20 of 20...got stuck on rabbit for over a minute!
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level 56
Feb 26, 2015
For the rabbit one, I couldn't get past the animal as being an 'ass', which probably says more about me than this quiz.
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level 58
Jan 12, 2016
Hahaha! That made me laugh. :)
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level 50
Jan 13, 2011
Man these are brutal for the animals!
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level 33
Apr 16, 2011
20/20
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level 32
Jun 15, 2011
We always say crazy as a loon (or crazy like a loon).
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level 43
Jan 13, 2016
Agreed
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level 67
Feb 6, 2017
"Crazy like a loon" is not a saying. Check google ngrams. A few people might say it here and there, but they are certainly mistaking it for "crazy as a loon."

"Crazy like a fox" is the only thing that fits.
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level 52
Apr 17, 2019
Sly as a fox Crazy as a loon
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level 52
Jun 25, 2011
The "its" in the last clue shouldn't have an apostrophe.
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level ∞
Jun 25, 2011
Fixed. Thanks!
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level 44
Oct 27, 2011
Thanks to Harry Potter for "Bee in your Bonnet", I'd never heard that before reading the books
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level 50
Jan 25, 2012
Early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets.............
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level 34
Nov 19, 2012
eaten
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level 20
Mar 22, 2012
17/20
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level 44
May 22, 2012
Always heard "stubborn as a bull". Huh. Guess I'm wrong.
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level 70
Jan 1, 2018
We have it stubborn as a donkey/ass around here... and elephant in the china shop.
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level 20
May 25, 2012
Early bird gets the worm, second mouse gets the cheese.
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level 20
Jan 12, 2013
If you don't get it, after the mouse trap has been activated, the second mouse gets the cheese :P! So it's not good to always be the early bird D:!
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level 70
May 30, 2012
Can't donkey be used along with mule?
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level 68
Sep 15, 2013
A mule is the offspring of a donkey and a horse- they're not the same thing.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
But people often say stubborn as a donkey/ass/mule. I have also heard bull, but I think donkey/ass/mule is more fitting.
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level 72
Jan 13, 2016
I got it right but my father in law used to say stubborn as a canal horse. Go figure.
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level 28
Nov 28, 2017
I’ve always heard donkey too.
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level 22
Jul 2, 2012
It's definitely "headless chicken" - no-one (in UK at least) would say a chicken with its head cut off. Nice game!!!
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level 45
Jun 1, 2015
I could only think of cut the head off a snake for some reason.
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level 58
Jan 12, 2016
Same, which makes me think it probably is a saying somewhere.
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level 60
Oct 28, 2016
There is a saying "Mad as a cut snake".
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level 83
Aug 22, 2012
Good quiz, though now I'm going to have They Might Be Giants in my head for the rest of the day. ♫ Not to put too fine a point on it / say I'm the only bee in your bonnet / Build a little birdhouse in your soul.... ♪
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level 22
Aug 24, 2012
Aaaa!!! Sweet picture of the darling little bird. Quiz good too!!!
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level 33
Sep 4, 2012
always thought foxes were sly, or crafty...
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level 66
Jan 12, 2013
I believe it's a quote from the Simpsons
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level 75
May 13, 2014
It's a common saying I've heard all my life, and I'm 59. It's usually said when someone makes a disparaging remark about someone, such as saying they are crazy for spending a lot of money to buy something. The other person replies they are crazy like a fox for doing so, meaning the person is actually very smart in making the investment.
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level 67
May 11, 2015
A saying long before TV never mind the Simpsons.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
With ander217's context I understand the fox one now, but just crazy as a ______ makes me think goat.
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level 21
Oct 31, 2012
It is water off a camels back... I have never heard of water off a ducks back in my life...
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level 66
Jan 12, 2013
Google it.
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level 67
Jan 29, 2015
It's the last straw that broke the camel's back.......
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level 69
Jan 12, 2013
All of these were easy for me except "crazy like a fox." I think I've heard that before, but I'm more familiar with "crazy as a hoot owl" or "crazy as a loon."
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level 44
Nov 15, 2014
"Crazy like a fox" is sort of like sarcasm (?). It usually applies when a person acts crazy, but if you pay close attention you see that they're actually being very cunning.
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level 69
Jan 12, 2013
Also, would someone please explain why "water off a camel's back" makes sense? "Like water off a duck's back," which is very common in America as a way of saying that a person was not affected by something bad that was aimed at them, makes sense because ducks secrete oil with which they cover their feathers, and then water runs right off their feathers, making it much easier for them to swim. Does it work the same way for a camel, or does the expression mean something slightly different?
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level 15
May 18, 2013
20/20 with 2:29 left
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level 22
Jul 24, 2013
100% Easy
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level 45
Aug 14, 2013
100% with 3:06 left on the clock. Apparently I've been associating with too many people who use popular sayings to communicate!
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level 10
Oct 23, 2013
I'm always getting told monkey see, monkey do. And i still didn't get it.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
Well you didn't see someone get it so...
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level 23
Nov 19, 2013
I guessed like five of them and still got 100%.
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level 42
Dec 18, 2013
Done with 1:53 left
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level 17
Jan 29, 2014
My parent's always said stubborn as a donkey D: All this time...
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level 39
Feb 19, 2014
Crazy like a fox???
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level 9
Jan 1, 2015
I did it 3 or 4 times and eventually finished with 3 minutes 20 seconds left over, 100% and a boost to Level 5! I have some suggestions: 'a partridge in a pear tree', and 'the straw that broke the camel's back'
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level 21
Aug 1, 2015
It's not hard to get 100% if you do it twice, how did it take you 3 or 4 times? Not something to be proud of.
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level 19
Mar 10, 2015
Got 18
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level 54
Jun 1, 2015
I got 15... Not bad for not-English native speaker :) I have just one question - why bull in the china shop? I understand the meaning, but why bull? In Czech, we have "elephants in china" :)
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level 67
Jun 25, 2015
A shop that sells china ceramics usually has all plates, jugs, cups etc. all around on little tables and stands, imagine having a large bull on the loose in the shop....... so anyone clumsy, bumping into things or tripping over objects is 'Like a bull in a china shop'.
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
I thought it was more the aggressive arrogant type that wrecks things and does not care, and the type that easily angers and takes it out on inanimate objects.
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level 67
Jan 13, 2016
That too!
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level 71
Oct 27, 2015
I always thought church mice were quiet, not poor...?
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level 56
Jan 12, 2016
that's just a regular mouse...
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level 70
Dec 30, 2015
One of the easiest quizzes I've taken. Got 23 of them in less than a minute then spent the next minute getting "bee in bonnet".
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
I suggest "Have you got ants in your pants?"
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level 35
Jan 12, 2016
oh and Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo
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level 77
Jan 12, 2016
got 19/20. even got pearls before swine. didn't get water off a duck's back...
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level 57
Jan 12, 2016
100% with 3:33 remaining. Nice to have an easy quiz for once!
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level 66
Jan 12, 2016
Never heard "crazy as a fox" before. Is it an American saying? I've heard "cunning as a fox" and "mad as a march hare" but never anything to do with foxes being crazy.
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level 67
Jan 13, 2016
The saying is "Crazy like a Fox" not crazy as a fox. It's meant to be sarcastic when someone is being picked on for doing something they think is crazy and someone who knows better says "Oh yes, he's crazy like a fox"
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level 61
Aug 5, 2016
Thanks for that. "Crazy like a fox" was the only one I had never heard of before (but I managed to fluke it).
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level 65
Jan 13, 2016
Wow, easy quiz for me. 3:38 remaining at 100% Kind of nice hitting a really easy one every once in a while :)
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level 56
Jan 15, 2016
Funny, in Dutch we have a saying that translate to "like an elephant in a China cabinet".
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level 75
Apr 20, 2016
I like that one. Okay if this American borrows it?
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level 60
Sep 15, 2016
In German the saying translates to: Like an elephant in a porcelain shop.
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level 60
Jul 27, 2018
it's the same in Czech
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level 57
Mar 14, 2016
20/20 pretty easy!
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level 19
Apr 20, 2016
I've heard "clever as a fox" but never "crazy as a fox."
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level 51
Apr 5, 2017
That's because the saying is crazy LIKE A FOX
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level 39
Aug 7, 2016
"Like a chicken with its head cut off"? Isn't the more common phrase "Like a headless chicken"?
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level 59
Feb 16, 2017
Never heard of The dog days of summer, but from Wiki it seems to be a Northern hemisphere saying. Now the movie title Dog Day Afternoon makes more sense.
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level 39
Apr 28, 2017
LOVE the picture at the top!
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level 49
Feb 26, 2018
took me 42 seconds LOL
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level 70
Sep 12, 2018
Where's the pedant whining that goose should be accepted because a gander is a goose? You must be out there.
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level 55
Oct 19, 2018
Isn't it stubborn as an ass? Not the cuss though (;
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level 78
Nov 11, 2018
I can’t imagine anyone under 50 years of age using any of these sayings nowadays without getting some very hostile looks! Here in the UK the language is mostly an amalgam of gang-lish, bastardised Jamaican street patois, four letter swear words (used in place of traditional punctuation), liberally sprinkled with ‘innit’, ‘like’ and SMS abbreviations. A pleasantly nostalgic little quiz nonetheless. Oh and foxes are cunning rather than crazy.
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level 53
Jan 30, 2019
Good quiz, thanks!
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level 44
Jul 29, 2019
Good quiz! Hard though, because in Sweden we use other animals for some of the sayings...