He ate everything himself and made a real ...... of himself.

You think the answer is muc - pig

Maith thú!
If you make a muc - pig of yourself, you are very greedy with your food.


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He ate everything himself and made a real ...... of himself.

You think the answer is madra - dog

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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He ate everything himself and made a real ...... of himself.

You think the answer is asal - donkey

Hard luck!
Triail arís!


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There's no point in dodging the issue. You've got to take the ...... by the horns.

You think the answer is gabhar - goat

Hard luck!
Triail arís!


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There's no point in dodging the issue. You've got to take the ...... by the horns.

You think the answer is tarbh - bull

Maith thú!

Taking the tarbh - bull by the horns means to confront a problem, however difficult, directly, not to try to avoid it

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There's no point in dodging the issue. You've got to take the ...... by the horns.

You think the answer is bó - cow

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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The competition is far too tough. We don't stand a ...... in hell's chance of winning.

You think the answer is madra - dog

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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The competition is far too tough. We don't stand a ...... in hell's chance of winning.

You think the answer is cat

Maith thú!
This idiom is always in the negative. It means you have no chance at all.
(What a cat is doing in hell in the first place is a mystery!)

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The competition is far too tough. We don't stand a ...... in hell's chance of winning.

You think the answer is iasc - fish

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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You've got to do it. You can't ...... out now.

You think the answer is luch - mouse

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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You've got to do it. You can't ...... out now.

You think the answer is luch francach

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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You've got to do it. You can't ...... out now.

You think the answer is sicin - chicken

Maith thú!
If you call somebody a sicin - chicken, it means they are bo - cowardly.

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You're far too stubborn. Stop being so ......-headed.

You think the answer is asal - donkey

Hard luck! (Although there is an expression about being as stubborn as a mule)
Triail arís!

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You're far too stubborn. Stop being so ......-headed.

You think the answer is capall - horse

Hard luck! (Although there is an expression about being as stubborn as a mule)
Triail arís!

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You're far too stubborn. Stop being so ......-headed.

You think the answer is muc - pig

Maith thú!
If you are muc - pig-headed, it means you are obstinate.
Different cultures have different opinions of muc - pigs, so this is not quite as rude in English as it might be in some other languages. (Even so, use it with care!)

Triail arís!

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It was great to see him again. We haven't met for ......'s years.

You think the answer is turtar - tortoise

Hard luck! (Although turtar - tortoises can live for 100 years or more)
Triail arís!

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It was great to see him again. We haven't met for ......'s years.

You think the answer is asal - donkey

Maith thú! (Though don't ask me why this is right. The other two answers make far more sense to me!)

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It was great to see him again. We haven't met for ......'s years.

You think the answer is elifint - elephant

Hard luck! (Although there is an expression An elifint - elephant never forgets
Triail arís!

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Don't worry about her. She wouldn't hurt a .......

You think the answer is capall - horse

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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Don't worry about her. She wouldn't hurt a .......

You think the answer is luch - mouse

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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Don't worry about her. She wouldn't hurt a .......

You think the answer is cuileog - fly

Maith thú!
It means you are completely harmless.

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He's going to tell the boss. That will set the cat among the .......

You think the answer is luch - mouse

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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He's going to tell the boss. That will set the cat among the .......

You think the answer is colur - pigeons

Maith thú!
It means it will shake things up a bit, in perhaps a rather unpleasant way.

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He's going to tell the boss. That will set the cat among the .......

You think the answer is sicin - chicken

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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His boss is always him ordering to do things he doesn't want to. He leads a ......'s life.

You think the answer is madra - dog

Maith thú!
This idiom is commonly used of husbands who are tarbh - bullied by their wives. This may be sexist but don't blame me - I didn't invent the idiom!

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His boss is always him ordering to do things he doesn't want to. He leads a ......'s life.

You think the answer is muc - pig

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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His boss is always him ordering to do things he doesn't want to. He leads a ......'s life.

You think the answer is capall - horse

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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Things aren't what they used to be. This country's going to the ........

You think the answer is muc - pig

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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Things aren't what they used to be. This country's going to the ........

You think the answer is madra - dogs

Maith thú!
I don't know what the origin of this idiom is: it might have something to do with madra - dog racing.

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Things aren't what they used to be. This country's going to the ........

You think the answer is caora - sheep

Hard luck!
Triail arís!

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