As Quiet as a Mouse – Explained

Have you ever heard the expression “as quiet as a mouse”?
It is a pretty common phrase that you will hear in the UK from time to time so it is a good idea to learn what it means. In this episode, you will learn what it means, how it is used and even where it comes from.

As Quiet as a Mouse – Explained

What does “As quiet as a mouse” mean?

This is an idiom that we can use to describe someone or something that is very quiet or silent.

How is “As quiet as a mouse” used?

Here are some examples:

  • My brothers couldn’t be more different. One is a proper loudmouth and the other is as quiet as a mouse.

  • When my kids are as quiet as a mouse, I know they are doing something that they shouldn’t be doing.

  • Mate, is there something wrong? You have been as quiet as a mouse all day!

Where does “As quiet as a mouse” come from?

This idiom comes from a slightly different expression in the 1300’s – The original phrase was “as still as a mouse” but since then, “as quiet as a mouse” has become much more common. 

The phrases originates from the fact that mice can be very still and quiet when they are in danger from a predator, such as a cat.


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