albatross (around someone's neck) помеха на пути к успеху Jack's lack of a proper education is an albatross around his neck, and it prevents him from getting a good job.
as a duck takes to water естественно, как рыба в воде Sofia plunged into the water and started to swim easily and naturally, just as a duck takes to water.
as bald as a coot совершенно лысый (похожий на птицу лысуху) My Uncle Robert is as bald as a coot.
as crazy as a loon псих My next door neighbor, Miss Darling, is as crazy as a loon.
as dead as a dodo мёртвый (как вымершая птица дронт) A car hit a cat, and it was as dead as a dodo after the accident.
as easy as duck soup очень легко, без усилий Persuading my father to buy a new computer was as easy as duck soup.
as free as a bird свободный как птица I am through with my exams, and now I am as free as a bird.
as graceful as a swan грациозный как лебедь The ballet dancer was as graceful as a swan.
as happy as a lark очень счастливый, весёлый Maria looked as happy as a lark when she got engaged to Mark.
as hoarse as a crow охрипший I had to talk very much that day and was as hoarse as a crow by the evening.
as mad as a wet hen взбешённый Peter suspected that Joanna had deceived him and was as mad as a wet hen.
as naked as a jaybird голый, "в чём мать родила" Jeremy had a swim in the lake, and when he got out of the water he was as naked as a jaybird.
as proud as a peacock очень гордый Ms. Bobtail's son was a good musician, and she was as proud as a peacock of him.
as scarce as hen's teeth/scarcer than hen's teethскудный или несуществующий Good hotels in this small town were as scarce as hen's teeth.
as silly as a goose очень глупый No wonder nobody takes Julia seriously; she is as silly as a goose.
as soft as down мягкий как пух The little girl's fair hair was as soft as down.
as the crow flies напрямик, кратчайшим путём (так же прямо, как летит птица) As the crow flies, it is not more than three miles between his house and the station.
as wise as an owl очень мудрый (как сова) I often ask my Granny's advise because she is as wise as an owl.
bat out of hell очень быстро, мгновенно "What happened? Why did the man left the room like a bat out of hell?"
bats in the belfry сумасшедший, эксцентричный I guess my friend has bats in the belfry; his plans are absolutely crazy.
bird brain очень глупый, "куриные мозги" Miss Davidson, the secretary, is a bird