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8 phrases found for the topic Behaviour

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Phrase: A leopard never changes its spots

Meaning: That is, people do not change. We are the way we are, and this is very difficult to change.

Examples:
That politician was accused of corruption twenty year ago, and now he has been accused of the same crime again. A leopard never changes its spots.
She tried to be nice at the reception, but a leopard cannot change its spots. When an old lady told her that her clothes were too provocative, she called her a witch.

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Phrase: As mad as a hatter

Meaning: If someone is as mad as a hatter, he or she behaves in a silly, odd or crazy way.

Examples:
What is he doing? Is he insane? That guy is as mad as a hatter.
That man is as mad as a hatter. He never talks to anyone.

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Phrase: As mad as a March hare

Meaning: It is used to refer to a person or an animal that behaves strangely, oddly, crazily.

Examples:
He went as mad as a March hare when he discovered the whole truth.
My father is as mad as a March hare because I have been fined for dangerous driving.
Look at that woman. She is as mad as a March hare. I think she is going to jump from that cliff.

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Phrase: As obstinate/stubborn as a mule

Meaning: Very obstinate / stubborn.

Example:
Freda is as obstinate as a mule. I do not think she will change her mind.

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Phrase: Be an odd bird

Meaning: An odd bird is someone peculiar, odd, strange, weird.

Examples:
He is an odd bird. He hardly ever talks to anyone.
-Is someone that does not toe the line an odd bird?
-No, they are intelligent.

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Phrase: Boys will be boys

Meaning: When boys (or even men) do not behave themselves, you may say this phrase. It means that this bad behaviour is typical of boys.

Example:
My husband and his friends were fined for peeing in the street. Boys will be boys.

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Phrase: Have bats in the/your belfry

Meaning: To be crazy, out of your mind, as mad as a hatter.

Examples:
The invisible woman: Don't talk to me in public places because people will think you have bats in the belfry. They will think you are talking to yourself.
You can go there alone and rescue her. They are armed to the teeth. You cannot succeed. You have bats in your belfry.

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Phrase: You can't teach an old dog new tricks

Meaning: As we become old, it is harder to learn or do things in a different way we are used to.

Examples:
I wanted to teach my grandfather Chinese, but you cannot teach an old dog new tricks. He said that it was too difficult, and that he would never be able to learn it.
He has been an aggressive cop all his life, and do not expect him to change now. You can't teach an old dog new tricks.

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