as obedient as baby hawks

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danielxu85

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Mandarin Chinese
I wonder if it is idiomatic to say "as obedient as baby hawks." Are baby hawks very obedient? May I use the phrase in the following context? If not, what phrase would you recommend? I feel that simply saying "obedient" is a little bit too plain.

I am terrible at colloquial English, and have to count on my students for help. Of course, they are a bad influence, as their English is mostly slangy. The good thing is that they are as obedient as baby hawks! For my part, I make sure that there is never a dull moment in my class.

Thank you so much for your help!
 
  • irjemmy

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    English
    "Obedient as baby hawks" suggests that while your students can be obedient, the instinct in them is to go wild.

    That means if you don't take them in hand, they may become unruly.
     

    irjemmy

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    English
    "docile as lambs" is an oft-used phrase but it can over-connote "meekness".

    You could simply say that while your kids can be boisterous and playful, they are good kids at heart, and listen to and respect your instructions.
     
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