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Sayings About Animals #4

The missing words in these popular cliches are the names of animals. See if you can guess them.
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First submittedJuly 28, 2015
Last updatedJuly 28, 2015
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Cliche
Pull a rabbit out of a hat
As the crow flies
Put the cart before the horse
There's plenty of fish in the sea
Like a moth to a flame
Open a can of worms
A frog in one's throat
See you later, alligator
Slippery as an eel
Packed in like sardines
Cliche
Smarter than the average bear
Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear
Grinning like a Cheshire cat
A stool pigeon
Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas
Sleep tight. Don't let the bed bugs bite
Knee high to a grasshopper
Make a mountain out of a molehill
Naked as a jaybird
A lone wolf
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level 50
Dec 10, 2015
Very cool quiz.
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level 67
Dec 13, 2015
Good quiz, haven't heard the 'Naked as a Jaybird' before, tried baby but that didn't work.
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level 35
Feb 22, 2016
I kept trying for naked as a mole rat...but I've never heard of jaybird...
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level 58
Apr 13, 2016
I've heard them both, but I could only think of mole rat.
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level 76
Mar 11, 2016
Surprised many don't know 'naked as a jaybird.' It was pretty common where I gre up. The silk purse one was totally new to me...
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level 75
Apr 13, 2016
"Naked as a jaybird" is common in my area, too. "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear" is a centuries-old proverb. Wiktionary says it was first used by Stephen Gasson in a book in 1579. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/make_a_silk_purse_of_a_sow%27s_ear Today a similar one I hear more often is, "Like putting lipstick on a pig."
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level 42
Feb 27, 2017
Same, I always heard family members saying it while I was growing up!
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level 73
Aug 11, 2019
Apparently it's a US idiom.
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level 22
Apr 13, 2016
might not pig's ear be acceptable for sow's ear?
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level 67
Nov 2, 2017
Trouble is that is not the saying. It would be like changing 'Put the cart before the horse' to 'Put the cart before the stallion'.
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level 70
May 23, 2016
Fun, but really easy. Need way less time.
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level 61
Nov 12, 2016
Fun. The only one I had never heard of before was the jaybird.
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level 70
Mar 1, 2017
Maybe it's on a subsequent quiz, but I half expected to see "as happy as a clam", which is a phrase I never understood. What is so inherently gleeful about clams that they are somehow the touchstone for happiness? And then a few years ago, I saw an interview with an older man who was born in the early 20th Century. In relating an experience of his, he said that he was "as happy as a clam at high tide." Then it finally made sense. We've just lazily truncated the complete phrase.
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level 56
Aug 26, 2018
grrr....kept trying cow instead of sow lol
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