“Flat Out like a Lizard Drinking” and 9 Other Australian Idioms Explained through Illustrations

Every country has its own idioms that foreigners just don’t understand. For example, take a look at these Australian idioms. Unless you are an Aussie, lived in Australia, or are close to someone who has done either, you probably don’t know what these phrases mean.

Fortunately, travel site HotelClub created a colorful series of designs to explain ten popular Australian idioms to people who don’t know their meanings.

The series, “Australian Idioms Illustrated,” is a fun way to learn about another culture. This is exactly what HotelClub believes, as the site describes the illustrations:

No trip to a new country would be complete without experiencing the culture that makes it unique. Indulging in the local food, attending festivals and visiting museums is easy but getting to know the language is a great way to take your understanding and appreciation to a whole new level.

Take a look and find out for yourself what each idiom means:

1. “Better than a poke in the eye with a burnt stick”
Meaning: Be thankful for what you’ve got. Better than nothing

2. “Flat out like a lizard drinking”
Meaning: To be really busy

3. “To have tickets on yourself”
Meaning: To be conceited

4. “Mad as a cut snake”
Meaning: Irate, crazy with rage or eccentric

5. “To go off like a frog in a sock”
Meaning: To be very excited

6. “To see which way the cat jumps”
Meaning: To postpone making a decision or acting until you have seen how things are developing

7. “May your chooks turn into emus and kick your dunny door down”
Meaning: A way of wishing someone bad luck

8. “To spit the dummy”
Meaning: To have a fit of anger

9. “As useful as lips on a chicken”
Meaning: Useless

10. “Flash as a rat with a gold tooth”
Meaning: Ostentatious, showy and a bit too flashily dressed

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