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Idiom Bahasa Inggris Menggunakan Nama Binatang

Idiom bahasa Inggris yang menggunakan nama-nama binatang ini semoga saja bisa menambah kemampuan kita dalam memahami beberapa idiom atau ungkapan dalam bahasa Inggris. Seperti biasa, saya terjemahkan seadanya, artinya saya tidak menerjemahkannya menurut kaidah penerjemahan yang sering diperdebatkan oleh para tokoh dan ahli penerjemahan.

Oke langsung saja dan tidak berlama-lama, ini dia idiom atau ungkapan bahasa Inggris yang menggunakan nama-nama binatang:


1.      Dark horse
2.      Look like something that the cat dragged in
3.      Bird’s-eye-view
4.      A little bird told me
5.      Get my goat
6.      A bee in his bonnet
7.      Let the cat out of the bag
8.      Look like a drowned rat
9.      For donkey’s years
10.  Gone to the dog’s
11.  Smell a rat
12.  Making such a pig yourself
13.  Have a cat in hell’s chance
14.  Like a fish out of water
15.  Got it straight from the horse’s mouth
16.  Think one’s bee’s knees
17.  A cold fish
18.  Wouldn’t say boo to a goose
19.  Do the donkey work
20.  A fly on the wall
21.  Hen night
22.  I could eat a horse
23.  Loan shark
24.  Rat bag
25.  Hen pecked
26.  Made a pig’s ear of it
27.  Cook my goose
28.  Get bigger fish to fry
29.  A whale of a time
30.  Water off a duck’s back
31.  Run around like a headless chicken
32.  Get off one’s high horse
33.  Fact cats
34.  Don’t give a monkey
35.  Kill two birds with one stone
36.  Like a dog with two tails
1.      Orang yang memiliki kemampuan rahasia sehingga membuat kaget orang lain saat melihatnya.
2.      Kusam, berpenampilan jelek, gembel
3.      Memiliki penglihatan bagus di ketinggian
4.      Rahasia!! Ada deh!!
5.      Menjengkelkan
6.      Terima saja.
7.      Mengungkap rahasia
8.      Basah kuyup
9.      Lama sekali
10.  Tidak sebaik yang dulu
11.  Curiga
12.  Makan banyak makanan
13.  Tidak ada kesempatan lagi
14.  Tidak bisa berbuat apa-apa
15.  Menerima informasi secara langsung
16.  Berpikir yang terbaik
17.  Seorang yang tidak bersahabat
18.  (ekspresi yang digunakan untuk orang yang pendiam dan pemalu)
19.  Melakukan kerjaan yang membosankan
20.  Mengintip
21.  Pesta bagi wanita yang akan menikah
22.  (ekspresi yg digunakan untuk menyatakan bahwa kau lapar sekali.)
23.  Rentenir
24.  Orang yang tidak suka orang lain
25.  Diberi tugas oleh rekan kerja wanita
26.  Melakukan sesuatu dengan tidak baik
27.  Mengganggu rencana
28.  Memiliki banyak kerjaan
29.  Bersenang-senang
30.  (ekspresi yang digunakan untuk mengatakan bahwa nasihat, peringatan, atau cacian tidak mempengaruhi seseorang.
31.  Mencoba melakukan sesuatu dengan cepat
32.  Berhenti bergaya sok
33.  Orang-orang yang menerima banyak uang dari kerjaannya
34.  Tidak peduli
35.  Mendapatkan dua tujuan dengan satu aksi
36.  Sangat senang karena sesuatu yang baik terjadi



Untuk melihat contohnya silahkan baca dan pahami kalimat-kalimat di bawah ini, oia, kata yang ada dalam kurung (..) adalah penjelasan dari si pengarang bukunya.

1.      I always thought Laurence was rather shallow and superficial, but yesterday I saw him reading a book of Renaissance poetry. He's a bit of a dark horse, isn't he? (someone with a secret, especially a secret ability, skill or achievement that surprises you when you discover it)
2.      I'm not going out with you looking like that. You look like something that the cat  dragged in! Brush your hair and put on some clean clothes! (to have a very dirty or untidy appearance)
3.      I live on the 14th floor of a tower block, so I have a wonderful bird's-eye view of the town. (a good view of something from a high position)
4.      How did I know that you were going out with Lucy? Aha! A little bird told me! (an expression used for saying that you are not going to say who told you something)
5.      It really gets my goat, the way she keeps interrupting all the time. (to annoy someone)
6.      William didn't get the promotion he wanted last year, and he's had a bee in his bonnet about it ever since. (to be very involved in something that you think is important, in a way that other people find annoying)
7.      You really let the cat out of the bag when you asked Louise what time her party started. She didn't know anything about it. It was supposed to be a surprise. (to tell someone something that was supposed to be a secret)
8.      Where have you been? You're soaking wet! You look like a drowned rat! (looking very wet and cold)
9.      Tony! What a surprise! It's wonderful to see you again. I haven't seen you for donkey's years! (an extremely long time)
10.  The hotel used to be the best in town, but since the new manager took over it's really gone to the dogs. (not as good at it was in the past)
11.   I don't trust Eric when he says he's working late at the office. To be honest, I smell a rat. (to be suspicious, or to think that someone is trying to trick you)
12.  That's the third burger you've eaten. I wish you'd stop making such a pig of yourself. (to eat a lot of food)
13.  "Do you think I'll pass my driving test tomorrow, Julie?" "Sorry, Mark, I don't think you have a cat in hell's chance." (to have no chance at all of doing something)
14.  I only started my new job last week, and I still feel like a fish out of water. (to be in a situation that you know nothing about or are not used to)
15.  "How did you know that Mr Roberts is going to resign?" "I got it straight from the horse's mouth." (information that comes from someone who is directly involved – in this case, from Mr Roberts)
16.   Have you met our new manager? He really thinks he's the bee's knees! (to think you are very clever and important)
17.  What do you think of our new English teacher? Personally I think she's a bit of a cold fish.(someone who is not very friendly)
18.  Antonia is very timid: she wouldn't say boo to a goose. (an expression used to describe someone who is very quiet and shy)
19.  Why do I always have to do the donkey work? (boring work that needs a lot of effort but has to be done as part of a job)
20.  I'd love to be a fly on the wall when Debbie tells Mr Roberts what she thinks of him! (to be able to see what people are doing without them noticing you)
21.  Two weeks before her wedding, Jane went to a nightclub for her hen night. (a celebration for a woman who is about to get married, in which only her women friends take part)
22.  I'm so hungry, I could eat a horse! (an expression used for saying that you are very hungry)
23.  The bank wouldn't lend me the money, so I had to go to a loan shark. (someone who lends money to people and charges them a very high rate of interest)
24.  My boss is such a  rat bag. I don't think I can go on working for her much longer. (somebody who is unpleasant with other people)
25.  I feel really sorry for poor old Steven: he's so hen pecked. (criticised and given orders all the time by a wife or female partner)
26.  It was a very simple job, but I made a pig's ear of it. (do something very badly)
27.  I wanted to go to Spain for my holiday, but just before I left for the airport I lost my passport. As you can imagine, that really cooked my goose. (to cause a lot of problems for someone, or spoil their plans)
28.  I can't help you at the moment, I'm afraid. I've got bigger fish to fry. (to have more important things to do or think about)
29.  The party was wonderful. We had a whale of a time. (to have a lot of fun)
30.  You can tell John that he's a stupid boring idiot if you like, but I'm afraid it will just be water off a duck's back. (an expression used for saying that advice, warnings or insults do not affect someone)
31.  I've got so many things to do today. I'm running around like a headless chicken! (trying to do a lot of things quickly without being sensible or calm about it)
32.  He thinks he's better than us. I wish he would get off his high horse. (stop behaving as if he knows more or is better than anyone else)
33.  Corporate fat cats have once again been accused of putting profits before people. (people who receive too much money for the job they do)
34.  I don't like him, I don't respect him, and I don't give a monkey's what he thinks. (to not care about something at all)
35.  While we're in town doing our shopping, let's go and see my mother. That way, we can kill two birds with one stone. (to achieve two aims with one action)
36.  I've never seen Arnie looking so happy. He's like a dog with two tails. (to be very happy because something good has happened)



Wyatt, Rawdon. 2006. Phrasal Verbs and Idioms. London: A & C Black Publishers, Ltd.



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