Sayings About Animals #4

The missing words in these popular cliches are the names of animals. See if you can guess them.
Some answers are plural
Quiz by Quizmaster
Last updated: July 28, 2015
First submittedJuly 28, 2015
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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
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
Level 50
Dec 10, 2015
Very cool quiz.
Level 70
Dec 13, 2015
Good quiz, haven't heard the 'Naked as a Jaybird' before, tried baby but that didn't work.
Level 36
Feb 22, 2016
I kept trying for naked as a mole rat...but I've never heard of jaybird...
Level 58
Apr 13, 2016
I've heard them both, but I could only think of mole rat.
Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
that's what I tried, and then sphynx..
Level 32
Nov 22, 2020
Level 79
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...
Level 79
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. Today a similar one I hear more often is, "Like putting lipstick on a pig."
Level 46
Feb 27, 2017
Same, I always heard family members saying it while I was growing up!
Level 77
Aug 11, 2019
Apparently it's a US idiom.
Level 72
May 23, 2016
Fun, but really easy. Need way less time.
Level 65
Nov 12, 2016
Fun. The only one I had never heard of before was the jaybird.
Level 78
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.
Level 67
Oct 1, 2019
which is the case for soo many sayings/proverb and idioms
Level 57
Aug 26, 2018
grrr....kept trying cow instead of sow lol
Level 72
Oct 16, 2019
Has anybody ever heard “What a lucky skunk!”? Apparently it’s only common in my hometown.
Level 62
Nov 28, 2019
It might help to write

smarter than the Avv ErAge bear

or something. Because both times (not sure why it said I hadn't done it when I had) this quiz I didn't get bear but I can hear Yogi in my head saying it when the answer comes up. Grr I just don't seem to remember it before the end of the quiz.

Ah well.

Level 21
Sep 13, 2020
I’ve never heard slippery as an eel. In my hometown everybody says slug.