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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Last updated: March 23, 2020
First submittedJanuary 12, 2013
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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
What's good for the goose is good for the gander
You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink
Poor as a church mouse
Stubborn as a mule
The early bird gets the worm
Cliche
The boy who cried wolf
Like a bull in a china shop
Pearls before swine
A fly in the ointment
Like a chicken with its head cut off
Monkey see, monkey do
Down the rabbit hole
Blind as a bat
A bee in one's bonnet
Sly as a fox
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2010
14/20. I don't know my animals.
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Level 76
Aug 22, 2010
20 of 20...got stuck on rabbit for over a minute!
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Level 60
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 51
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 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
Jun 30, 2020
And I thank They Might be Giants
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Level 50
Jan 25, 2012
Early bird gets the worm, but the early worm gets.............
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Level 40
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 75
Jan 1, 2018
We have it stubborn as a donkey/ass around here... and elephant in the china shop.
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Level 73
Aug 17, 2020
At least, bull got you a freebie then.
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Level 55
Oct 1, 2020
i always heard stubborn as an ox
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Level 55
Aug 10, 2021
I've heard stubborn as a goat.
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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 74
May 30, 2012
Can't donkey be used along with mule?
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Level 69
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 73
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 44
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 59
Oct 28, 2016
There is a saying "Mad as a cut snake".
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Level 60
Oct 5, 2019
Might just be a US thing, but it's definitely a saying here!
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
Actually I've heard it said by my fellow citizens, as often as I've heard headless chickens or thereabouts.

(Yes, I'm British, in Britain)

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Level 90
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 20
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 67
Jan 12, 2013
Google it.
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Level 71
Jan 29, 2015
It's the last straw that broke the camel's back.......
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Level 73
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 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 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 19
Mar 10, 2015
Got 18
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Level 65
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 71
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 71
Jan 13, 2016
That too!
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Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
I imagine elephants are much more respectful of china than an angry bull. They are surprisingly nimble for so large a being. Of course some china shops are more densely displayed than others.
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Level 78
Apr 6, 2020
Maybe it's a bull elephant. :)
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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 73
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 82
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 60
Jan 12, 2016
100% with 3:33 remaining. Nice to have an easy quiz for once!
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Level 64
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 63
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 78
Apr 20, 2016
I like that one. Okay if this American borrows it?
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Level 64
Sep 15, 2016
In German the saying translates to: Like an elephant in a porcelain shop.
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Level 61
Jul 27, 2018
it's the same in Czech
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Level 60
Mar 14, 2016
20/20 pretty easy!
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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 78
Apr 6, 2020
Not in the US.
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Level 43
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 85
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 57
Jan 30, 2019
Good quiz, thanks!
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Level 43
Jul 29, 2019
Good quiz!

Hard though, because in Sweden we use other animals for some of the sayings...

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Level 63
Apr 4, 2020
The Mythbusters put two of these sayings to the test and debunked them both. Firstly, they tried to shoot fish in a barrel, and it turned out to be incredibly difficult. And secondly, they let bulls loose in a makeshift china shop only to have them run down the aisles without breaking a single thing.
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Level 71
Jul 3, 2020
Did they try putting a bull with a gun in the barrel of fish?
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Level 65
Apr 7, 2020
'Gopher'

Gopher this

Gopher that

:)

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Level 26
Apr 29, 2021
?
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Level 30
Apr 18, 2020
gopher??
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Level 50
Jun 30, 2020
Answered 5 of them before looking at any questions.
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Level 58
Jun 30, 2020
Had fun with this one with 3.27 left. In my head I could hear my mother saying most of these to me. She said 'bull in a china shop' a few times, but more often said 'like a bull at a gate'. How about adding in an Aussie saying like 'flat out like a lizard drinking'.
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Level 54
Jun 30, 2020
Only 51 for fox?
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Level 25
Feb 18, 2021
2:35

Scoring

You scored 19/20 = 95%

This beats or equals 80.3% of test takers

The average score is 16

Your high score is 19

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Level 64
Feb 22, 2021
Thank you, Stephen Pastis
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Level 26
Apr 29, 2021
Only half of the people got the 'sly' one?
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Level 65
May 24, 2021
Around where I live in Australia, it would always be like a chook with its head cut off, or like a headless chook. Had to stop a moment to work out if "chicken" sounded right in the same phrase. To me, it doesn't ;-)
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Level 16
Sep 18, 2021
not sure why my brain automatically filled "what's good for the goose is good for the moose"