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BBC learning English Idioms -animal

BBC Learning English

The Teacher

Horse idioms

In this episode, The Teacher introduces you to three idiomatic phrases connected with horses.

1. To eat like a horse

2. Straight from the horse's mouth

3. To flog a dead horse

Hello, I’m a very interesting and intelligent man.

And this is Fred, who, as you may have noticed, is a horse. Today Fred and I are going to be helping you to improve your English.

I bet you’ve never been taught by a horse before.

Hungry, isn’t he? In fact, he eats all the time. He eats like a horse – of course he does – he is a horse.

In English, if someone eats a lot we can say ‘he eats like a horse’.

To eat like a horse. To eat a lot.

[Neighing and other horsy noises.]

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What's that you say Fred? Ah, just that silly noise horses make.

Anyway, I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.

We use this idiom when we've got some information directly from the person responsible for it. For example: my boss is going to fire me. Yes, it’s true. I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.

It means my boss told me directly. I didn’t hear it from anyone else.

Sad news, I’m afraid… Fred’s died.

Which means there's no point in trying to get him work any more.

How do we make a horse work? Yes, that's right, by hitting it, or as we say, ‘flogging it’.

Our next horse idiom: ‘to flog a dead horse’. Which as you can see is completely pointless.

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