A little bird told me
said when you don't want reveal the source of your information.
"Oh, a little bird told me."
Example:"How did you know the news?"
"Oh, a little bird told me."
be a cold fishbe a person who is distant and unfeeling
Example:He rarely talks to his colleagues. He's a cold fish.
be like a fish out of waterto feel uncomfortable in a situation
Example:After her divorce, she was like a fish out of water.
beat a dead horse(Also flog a dead horse.) To persist or continue far beyond any purpose, interest or reason.
Example:If you continue talking about something that cannot be changed, you are beating a dead horse.
beef upTo strengthen or make something more effective.
Example:They beefed up their offer with another million dollar.
cat got your tongueWhy aren't you speaking?
Example:Tell us about the trip. What happened? What's the matter? A cat got your tongue!
chicken outTo refuse to do something because of fear.
Example:He chickened out just at the time they were taking him to operating theater.
Example:They are just chicken-hearted boys. They can't defend themselves from any attacks.
count one's chickens before they hatchTo assume success too early, before it is certain.
Example:It's too soon to cry victory. Don't count your chicken before they hatch!
cry wolfto ask for help when there is really no danger.
Example:Because he cried wolf too often, people stopped believing that he needs help.
curiosity killed the catCuriosity killed the cat is a proverb used to warn someone not to be too curious about something and ask too many questions because this can get you into trouble.
Example:Alan: I wonder who killed that wealthy man?
Bill: Curiosity killed the cat.
dog-eat-dogsaid about a world where people do anything to be successful.
Example:It's disheartening to know that we are living in a dog-eat-dog world.
eat like a horseThe phrase the eat like a horse is an idiomatic expression that means to eat large amounts of food.
Example:John: Have you noticed how fat he has become?
Leila: No wonder he eats like a horse.
fight like cat and dogto argue and fight violently.
Example:Those two children always fight like cat and dog.
keep the wolf from the doorTo have enough money to be able to ward off poverty or hunger.
Example:They were really very poor, but they had enough to keep the wolf from the door.
let the cat out of the bagto reveal a secret, usually accidentally.
Example:She wasn't supposed to know about it. Someone must have let the cat out of the bag.
make a monkey out of(also make a fool out of someone) to cause a person, group, or action to appear foolish or inferior; to subject someone or something to ridicule.
Example:Don't make a monkey out of me. You'll regret it.
not enough room to swing a catnot very much space. Said abut a small place.
Example:Their house was very small. There wasn't enough room to swing a cat.
rain cats and dogsto rain heavily. It's raining cats and dogs.
Example:How come that you are going out in that storm? It's raining cats and dogs.
take the bull by the hornsto deal with a matter in a direct manner, especially to confront a difficulty rather than avoid it.
Example:He was ready to take the bull by the horns and settle the problem he had with his partners.
when pigs flyIf you say when pigs fly you mean that something will never happen.
This phrase is used presumably due to the unlikelihood that pigs will ever evolve wings.