What does it mean to knuckle down?
The knuckle is part of the back of the hands – the lumps at the base of the fingers.
All apes, such as the chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan, walk on their knuckles. An ape is a primate mammal without a tail.
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What does it mean when someone takes something by the scruff of the neck?
The scruff of the neck is the nape—the back part of the neck.
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What does spread-eagle mean?
Spread-eagle means to stretch with arms and legs straight out (extended). It means to lie flat.
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What does it mean if you are stuffing your cheeks?
To stuff your cheeks is to put too much food in your mouth at one time.
Some animals, such as Hamadryas Baboons, have large cheeks and can store a lot of food in their mouth. Hamsters and Gophers have pockets in their cheeks to store nuts.
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What does it mean if you are coming up for air?
Coming up for air means to take a breather, to have a rest, or to take a break.
Fish have gills, so they do not need to come to the surface of the water to breathe. But many animals that live in and near water have lungs and they must come to the surface of water to breathe.
Therefore, when animals are coming up for air, they are taking a breath.
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Birds of a feather flock together – what does it mean?
Birds of the same species live together in flocks or groups. In other words, birds with similar feathers (the same species) group together to live and feed.
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To grab the bull by the horns – what does it mean?
To grab the bull by the horns means to approach a problem directly, with no fear. You approach a problem with confidence and deal with it.
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What is a tiger’s eye?
Tiger’s eye is a golden-brown chatoyant gemstone, made from a metamorphic quartz rock. Chatoyant is a band of bright glow caused by reflections.
A real tiger’s eye is round with yellow or pale irises. The gemstone is named after the colour of a tiger’s fur, and its eye. The gemstone is said to have a protective, watchful-eye energy.
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What does it mean when people say that a leopard can’t change its spots?
It means that people cannot change their character. They cannot change who they really are.
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You’ve got a hide! What does it mean if you have a hide?
Hide is the tough, leathery skin of some animals that is, or was, used by humans, such as the skin of rhinoceros, cattle, alligators, crocodiles, and so on.
If you have a hide, you have tough skin. You are not easily offended and not easily upset. You are not upset by criticism. You are tough.
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What does on the prowl mean?
If an animal is on the prowl, it is hunting, looking for food – quietly and stealthily, focusing only on its prey.
If a person is on the prowl, the person is quietly, but intently, looking for something.
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What does it mean if someone says you are like a pig in mud?
If you are like a pig in mud, it means that you are happy and enjoying yourself.
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No flies on you – what does that mean?
If there are no flies on you, it means that you are very active and fast-moving, so that flies do not get a chance to settle on you.
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What is a snake in the grass?
A snake in the grass is a person who does things behind people’s back in a sly way – secretly.
It is also a person who pretends to be friends with someone.
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What is a kangaroo court?
A kangaroo court refers to a sham (false) legal proceeding in which a person is denied due judicial process or when the outcome of a trial is determined in advance.
It is considered to have originated in America, in the California Gold Rush of 1849 when people in court trials spoke with leaps of logic.
This meant that their arguments were not fully thought out and they were jumping from one idea to another.
This is called a kangaroo court, a kangaroo trial, or a kangaroo argument.
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What is a frog in the throat?
A frog in the throat is a tickle or cough at the back of the throat, especially if it causes a noise such as a croak.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
Martina Nicolls: SIMILAR BUT DIFFERENT IN THE ANIMAL KINGDOM
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What are butterflies in the stomach
A person who has butterflies in their stomach is feeling anxious and nervous.
When a person is nervous they often move about a lot or try to keep busy, going from one thing to another, to distract them from thinking about the situation.
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What does getting your ducks in a row mean?
If a person is told to get their ducks in a row, it means to get organized.
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