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
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Last updated: July 28, 2015
First submittedJuly 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 70
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 37
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 67
Oct 1, 2019
that's what I tried, and then sphynx..
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Level 34
Nov 22, 2020
Same
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2021
Only time I've ever heard naked as a jaybird is from this ridiculous song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XtzoUu7w-YM

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Level 80
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 78
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 46
Feb 27, 2017
Same, I always heard family members saying it while I was growing up!
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Level 78
Aug 11, 2019
Apparently it's a US idiom.
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Level 72
May 23, 2016
Fun, but really easy. Need way less time.
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Level 65
Nov 12, 2016
Fun. The only one I had never heard of before was the jaybird.
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Level 80
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 67
Oct 1, 2019
which is the case for soo many sayings/proverb and idioms
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Level 59
Feb 18, 2021
You've heard the expression "What's good for the goose is good for the gander?" I read somewhere it was originally what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, which seems very different.
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Level 57
Aug 26, 2018
grrr....kept trying cow instead of sow lol
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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.

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Level 31
Sep 13, 2020
I’ve never heard slippery as an eel. In my hometown everybody says slug.
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Level 63
Feb 18, 2021
Could you accept "Naked as a Jay" please?
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Level 61
Feb 18, 2021
Wow, some of these sayings are the same in the Netherlands. It shows how languages are linked to one eachother. Thats kinda cool
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Level 58
Feb 18, 2021
I got grasshopper, but I've also heard that one as "knee high to a junebug." Am I the only one?
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Level 55
Feb 18, 2021
Are jaybirds naked? And is it the bird that I would just call a Jay? Because they have brightly coloured feathers. Never heard that one before.
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Level 72
Feb 18, 2021
Most animals are naked. What's special about Jaybirds?
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Level 66
Feb 18, 2021
There are a lot of these I haven't heard of. "A frog in one's throat," "Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas," "A stool pigeon," "Make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"...
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Level 74
Feb 18, 2021
Noah Webster has a lot to answer for. Thankfully where I live we aren't too afflicted by his "inventions".
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Level 61
Feb 18, 2021
Naked as a mole rat? That's what I grew up with. Never heard "naked as a jaybird." Great quiz, though!
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Level 55
Feb 19, 2021
I've heard "Knee high to a pig's eye" not grasshopper
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Level 71
Feb 19, 2021
I think molerat should be added as an alternative answer for jaybird. "Naked as a jaybird" is only a common saying in the American South, and even living in it, I've heard both used. I'm sure "naked as a molerat" is much more common globally, and maybe even more common in just the US