English Idioms

Sacred cow

Something that is a sacred cow is held in such respect that it cannot be criticised or attacked.

Shaggy dog story

A shaggy dog story is a joke which is a long story with a silly end.

Separate the sheep from the goats

If you separate the sheep from the goats, you sort out the good from the bad.

Sharks are circling

If the sharks are circling, then something is in danger and its enemies are getting ready for the kill.

Shooting fish in a barrel

If something is like shooting fish in a barrel, it is so easy that success is guaranteed.

Short horse soon curried

A convenient and superficial explanation that is normally unconvincing is a short horse soon curried.

Sick as a dog

If somebody's as sick as a dog, they throw up (=vomit) violently.

Sick as a parrot

If someone's sick as a parrot about something, they are unhappy, disappointed or depressed about it.

Sing like a canary

If someone sings like a canary, they tell everything they know about a crime or wrongdoing to the police or authorities.

Slowly, slowly catchy monkey

This means that eventually you will achieve your goal.