Spring 1: butterfly, frog, nest, rabbit
|a social butterfly
|an ostentatious, carefree person who goes out often and has a lot of friends
|My friend Lisa is such a social butterfly. I don’t think she ever stays home in the evenings – she’s alway out doing things and meeting people.
|have/get butterflies in your stomach
|a nervous feeling in the stomach
|I hate public speaking, I always get butterflies in my stomach beforehand.
|money saved for the future
|We’re not worried about the global financial crisis. We’ve got a nice nest egg saved up for retirement.
|empty nest syndrome
|a feeling of loneliness or sadness which parents experience when their children leave home (not clinical)
|After I moved out of home, my mum called me every day. I think she was suffering from empty nest syndrome.
|feather your nest
|make yourself rich, usually in an unfair or dishonest way
|She’s been feathering her own nest by blackmailing the CEO.
|fly the nest
|when children leave home to live somewhere else for the first time
|Michael and Elizabeth’s children have all flown the nest.
|stir up a hornet’s nest
|cause a lot of trouble
|You’ll be sure to stir up a hornet’s nest if you tell her that!
|have a frog in your throat
|have a sore throat or need to cough and, therefore, not be able to speak
|Can I have a glass of water? I seem to have a frog in my throat today.
|pull a rabbit out of the hat
|suddenly come up with the solution to a problem
|Unless we pull a rabbit out of the hat in the next few days, we’re going to have to close the cafe.