CALL OFF THE DOGS
said when you want someone to stop criticizing you.
e.g. Please, call off the dogs. I apologize for what I have done.
someone or something which is a dependable source of appreciable amounts of money; a moneymaker.
e.g. The type writers production which had been their cash cow for so many years witnessed a collapse of sales.
CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE
Why aren’t you speaking?
e.g. Tell us about the trip. What happened? What’s the matter? A cat got your tongue!
To refuse to do something because of fear.
e.g. He chickened out just at the time they were taking him to operating theatre.
e.g. They are just chicken-hearted boys. They can’t defend themselves from any attacks.
COUNT ONE’S CHICKENS BEFORE THEY HATCH
To assume success too early, before it is certain.
e.g. It’s too soon to cry victory. Don’t count your chicken before they hatch!