50 Idioms about the Farm (part 2)

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Last week we looked at 25 idioms about farming, here are 25 more: 

  • to chicken out – to opt out of doing something because of being frightened
  • to egg someone on – to urge someone to do something foolish/ to encourage someone to do something they don’t want to do
  • to farm out – to delegate work to people outside of your company
  • to flog/beat a dead horse – to spend a lot of energy on something that is a lost cause
  • to get someone’s goat – to annoy someone
  • to go the whole hog – to fully commit to an act
  • to have a cow – to become angry or excited
  • to have egg on your face – to look foolish
  • to horse around – to behave in a playful but silly and noisy manner
  • to kill the goose that lays the golden egg – to ruin/end a valuable source of income
  • to live high on/off the hog – to live in luxury
  • to make hay while the sun shines – to make the most of an opportunity while it lasts
  • to pig out – to eat excessively 
  • to plough back – to reinvest profits
  • to plough one’s own furrow/to plough a lonely furrow – to do something in an isolated or independent way
  • to put all your eggs in one basket – to risk everything on one venture
  • to put one’s hand to the plough – to take on a task
  • to separate the wheat from the chaff – to separate the valuable from the worthless
  • to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted – to try and prevent something bad from happening after it’s already too late
  • to take the bull by its horns – to directly confront a problem
  • to talk the hind leg off a donkey – to talk nonstop
  • to walk/tread on eggshells – to behave carefully so as not to offend or upset someone
  • until the cows come home – for a long, indefinite, amount of time
  • when pigs fly – never
  • you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs – you can’t succeed without taking some risks

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25 Jun 2020
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