One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A reptile that typically has a long body and tail, four legs, movable eyelids, and a rough, scaly, or spiny skin.
- ‘Individuals within pairs of lizards were never from the same litter as pair-mates.’
- ‘The Newcastle-based trust's pair of bearded dragon lizards were on show throughout the weekend.’
- ‘Judging by the thickness of their tails, some of the lizards find the arroyo banks fertile ground.’
- ‘Upon emergence from hibernation the lizards were caught by hand or by noosing.’
- ‘Within a few hours after hatching, lizards were individually measured and toe clipped.’
- ‘Unlike certain lizards, cats' tails don't grow back, so the consequence of that action should be around for at least a decade.’
- ‘This one is decorated with a lizard, whose body is in relief - the legs are roughly incised.’
- ‘In the end, they supplied the moviemakers with three monitor lizards and six bearded dragon lizards.’
- ‘Small birds, lizards, snakes, toads, and frogs are a small part of their prey items.’
- ‘This demonstrates that territorial lizards remain in the same territories over time.’
- ‘Many lizards have sharp spines, and some attempt to frighten predators with sounds.’
- ‘They all fall to the ground and lie quivering like the tail of a hunted lizard.’
- ‘In addition, the lizards dig large burrows, which undermine sand dunes on the island.’
- ‘The lizards get their Bearded Dragon name because of spikes under the chin that gives the appearance of a full beard.’
- ‘Half of the lizards from each population were supplemented with additional water.’
- ‘If the lizard could not be caught, we continued to track the animal until it was recaptured.’
- ‘Limbed and limbless species of lizards may even be found within the same genus.’
- ‘It's an evolutionary trick to distract the pursuer, much as lizards lose their tails.’
- ‘The reptiles were kept in enclosures covered by nets to stop birds from munching the lizards.’
- ‘This is similar in ways to the chameleon, a lizard which can alter the colour of its skin.’
flat out like a lizard drinking
informal Going or working as hard or as fast as possible.‘the leaders of the race were flat out like a lizard drinking’
- ‘Flat out like a lizard drinking: early risers staked out a good spot near the main stage.’
- ‘After lunch you'll be flat out like a lizard drinking.’
- ‘I thought I should post a belated apology for the lack of blogging; I've just been flat out like a lizard drinking.’
- ‘Look, I'd love to help you, I really would, but I'm flat out like a lizard drinking.’
- ‘The dude has been flat out like a lizard drinking all year and deserves some silly time.’
Late Middle English: from Old French lesard(e), from Latin lacertus ‘lizard, sea fish’, also ‘muscle’.
A promontory in SW England, in Cornwall. Its southern tip, Lizard Point, is the southernmost point of the British mainland.
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