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|Which animal is said to be busy?|
Bee. Bees are responsible for much plant pollination but the bee population in several parts of the world is suffering from sudden colony collapse. Not that bats, bears and butterflies are not busy.
|Somebody untrustworthy is said to be a what in the grass?|
Snake. Who WOULD trust a snake in the grass? The phrase implies that the deception is unexpected, just like a bite from an unseen snake.
|Which animal is said to shed tears for its victim as it is eating it?|
Crocodile. The phrase 'crocodile tears' suggests an insincere display of sorrow. Crocodiles do possess lachrymal glands, so could actually cry while eating, as unlikely as it sounds.
|Misbehaving children are often told not to act the what?|
Goat. This phrase may be connected to the word capricious, from the lively and frisky behaviour of young goats.
|What animal completes the saying, as mad as a March ... ?
Hare. Hares are renowned for their energetic behaviour during the breeding season. This includes boxing matches, when they stand on their hind legs and cuff each other with their front paws. They also leap suddenly into the air, for no apparent reason.
|If you rise early, you are said to be up with what animal?|
Lark. What time does a lark get up? It is early, that's for sure, and certainly before the animal in the next answer.
|If you go to bed late you are said to be a night what?|
Owl. Also a 1979 hit single for the late Gerry Rafferty. A nightjar is also a bird. A nightmare is if you got this question wrong.
|Proverbially, something is as dead as what animal?|
Dodo. The last dodo was sighted in Mauritius in the late 1600s. The drongo and dingo are still with us and very much alive. The komodo dragon is now the world's largest lizard.
|Somebody who has been fooled is said to have bought a what?|
Pig in a poke. A poke is an old term for a sack. The purchase was therefore handed over unseen. It could have contained anything.
|Somebody in a bad mood is said to be like a what with a sore head?|
Bear. He or she probably got out of bed the wrong side, with a head like a box of frogs and a bee in their bonnet.
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