50 Idioms about the Farm (part 1)

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  • “Hold your horses!” – an expression requesting someone to wait a moment/hold on/slow down
  • “Holy cow!” – an exclamation of surprise or shock
  • a good/bad/rotten egg – a good/bad/rotten person
  • a hard row to hoe – something difficult 
  • as happy as a pig in mud – very happy
  • as meek as a lamb – very meek
  • as stubborn as a mule – very stubborn
  • as sure as eggs is eggs – without a doubt
  • chickens come home to roost – bad things from your past may come back to cause trouble
  • cock and bull story – a far-fetched and unlikely story
  • dark horse – a less well-known competitor or candidate who succeeds to an unexpectedly high level
  • don’t count your chickens before they hatch – don’t anticipate good fortune or success before it’s confirmed
  • don’t look a gift horse in the mouth – don’t find fault in something that has been given to you as a gift
  • donkey work – the boring/gruelling part of a job
  • in two shakes of a lamb’s tail – in a very short amount of time
  • like a headless chicken – in a panicked manner
  • like a lamb to the slaughter – helpless, a victim
  • nest egg – a sum of money saved for the future (usually specifically for retirement)
  • pecking order – the social hierarchy
  • pig in a poke – something that had been bought without being looked at
  • straight from the horse’s mouth – directly from the best-informed authority
  • to beef up – to add weight, to become stronger 
  • to bet the farm – to risk all you have on a bet or investment
  • to bring home the bacon – to earn money
  • to buy the farm – to die

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18 Jun 2020
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One of the students has put in a huge amount of effort in completing Spellzone at least 3 times a week since his arrival with us in January. Looking at his scores after the latest GL testing, his standardised score has risen from 99 to 131. This is a truly phenomenal result. I just wanted to share the best result I have ever seen.

Terrie Penrose-Toms, Casterton College