More fun than a barrel of monkeys.” “Stop horsing around!”
If these expressions have ever found their way into your everyday talk, then you are aware of the important influence that all creatures seem to have on our language.
An eager, aggressive person may be described as a tiger. Or, if he should exhibit extreme energy, he has a tiger in his tank! If someone just seems unusually restless, he may be said to have ants in his pants.
An awkward situation or the mention of a sensitive subject may lead one to observe that there is an elephant in the room. Coming upon such a situation, you may sense something fishy. Being intimidated enough to stop talking, you may be said to have chickened out.
How do you know the information you are sharing about someone? Well, a little bird may have told you; it could be a case of monkey see, monkey do. If, however, you perpetuate a falsehood, you are just a silly goose.
During the dog days of summer, those who do not stay properly hydrated may drop like flies. Even after being cautioned, those who refuse to listen are being bull headed.
Anyone who cannot come up with an original idea may be described as a copy cat. Such a one may lay claim to the lion’s share based on his lack of honesty, but his colleagues may smell a rat, hold a kangaroo court and throw him to the wolves.
Hold your horses! Before you go on to claim I have overdone it this time (before you have a cow) you may acknowledge that, as you quote me, it comes straight from the horse’s mouth and I’m not “lion.”