320. IDIOMS WITH ANIMALS: LION!

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As brave as a lion: very brave.

“My young daughter is as brave as a lion and will tackle any of the boys in rough-and-tumble games.”

 
a lion hunter

Lion-hunter: somebody who seek the friendship of famous people.

“Mervin is a typical lion-hunter; he gets himself invited to the publishers’ parties so that he can meet all the top authors.”

 lions share

Lion’s share: biggest part.

“There were three of us helping but I found myself doing the lion’s share of the work.”

 

put head in mouth

Put one’s head in the lion’s mouth: adopt a position that is dangerous/risky.

“I’ll have to put my head in the lion’s mouth and ask my husband if I can go to the hen party on the evening before Dora’s wedding.”

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Throw somebody to the lions: endanger somebody (to save oneself).

“The supervisor has given me extra responsibility, but warned me that if I make a mistake she’ll throw me to the lions.”

 

(From  John O.E. Clark, Dictionary of English Idioms, Harrap’s)

 

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