Idioms with birds

Here the list of idioms with birds

Idioms with birds
Idioms with birds
Idioms with birds
Idioms with birds


  • As the crow flies (also in a beeline): in a direct line between two locations. It is only 10 kilometers  from here as the crow flies.
  • Dead duck (informal): someone or something that is unsuccessful because of a mistake. The company is a dead duck due to financial difficulties.
  • Get/have your ducks in a row: to be fully prepared for something. Get you ducks in a row before you go to Chicago.
  • Take to something like a duck to a water: to do something naturally as if you have been born with this ability. He took to skiing like a duck to water.
  • Water off a duck’s back: criticisms, warnings or advice without effect. The teacher told us how to prepare for the exam, but it was just water off a duck’s back to Tom.
  • Lame duck (informal): an elected official who is no longer eligible for election. Barack Obama is a lame duck president.
  • Cook someone’s goose: to prevent someone from succeeding in something. He cooked his own goose by cheating on the test.
  • Kill the goose that lays the golden egg (saying): to destroy something that would make money.
  • Have eyes like a hawk: to be able to see very well. Rebecca noticed the mistake in time.  She has eyes like a hawk.
  • As sick as a parrot (informal): to be very disappointed at something. I was as sick as a parrot when my dog died.   
  • Put/set the cat among the pigeons: to say something suddenly which worries a lot of people;  to cause a fight by saying something. She revealed the secret. That set the cat among the pigeons.
  • Talk turkey (informal): to talk about something honestly and openly. I think he’s not ready to talk turkey.
  • Strictly for the birds (informal): meaningless, useless. This movie is strictly for the birds.
  • The bird has flown: someone has escaped. Stop searching. The bird has flown.
  • Bird’s eye view: a view from high above. I had a bird’s eye view of the city from the tower.
  • Birds of a feather: people with similar characters. Tony is my best friend. We’re birds of a feather.
  • The early bird catches the worm (saying): If you do something immediately or before other people, you will gain advantage.
  • Kill two birds with one stone (saying): to achieve two goals by making one single effort.




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