Herding cats- trying to get 3 grand daughters out of the house on time!
Sack full of monkeys!
How about 'As slow as a snail'.
Mischevious as a box of monkeys
Don't look a gift horse in the mouth
Waking at Cock's crow ...
You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink.
As wise as an owl.
Ants in his pants.
That old elephant in the room ...
Cunning as a fox...
As strong as an Ox
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Quiet as a church mouse
Breed like rabbits.
Mad as a March hare.
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Dachalover - as happy as a pig in S**t is how I know it but I'll accept your rather more genteel version Problem is that pigs are not happy in that situation - they are clean animals when given the chance They like to roll in mud as it helps to stop sun burning their delicate skin. So why do we say that ?
Obelixx - Larry - your explanation sounds feasible - do you have a date for that ? Yes, Norman French would always have been more refined - the grubby stuff came later. I might try that "lets get back to our sheep" on my French friend. Would you say that is still in common usage these days ?
Joyce - haven't heard that one but I can get that. I'd guess that "at the a**e end " is the less polite construction altho it doesn't actually mention an animal - mine not yours
Some are fairly obvious - a bull in a china shop eg. but what about a Pig in a Poke ? We all know what it means but ????
He was around in the late 1800s/early 1900s.
Pig in a poke comes from an early scam. Suckling pigs were sold in closed bags, or pokes. However, unscrupulous people often concealed a cat or a dog in there instead to fool the unwary buyer who didn't check the goods first. This trick was then discovered by "letting the cat out of the bag".
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