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a (real) toad-choker

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-choker out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-choker like this!

a (real) toad-strangler

A particularly heavy or torrential downpour of rain. (Chiefly heard in the southern United States.) It's a real toad-strangler out there today—looks like we'll have to have our barbecue another day. There's no way I'm biking to work in a toad-strangler like this!

biggest frog in the puddle

 and biggest toad in the puddle
Prov. The most important or powerful person in some small, unimportant group. Jill: Elaine seems to be obsessed with becoming class president. Jane: Yes, she really wants to be the biggest frog in the puddle. The people in my office don't care about doing their work; mostly they compete over who will be the biggest toad in the puddle.
See also: big, frog, puddle

*ugly as a toad

[of a living creature] very ugly. (*Also:as ~.) Maria may be a beautiful woman, but when she was a child she was as ugly as a toad. The shopkeeper was ugly as a toad, but he was kind and generous, and everyone loved him.
See also: toad, ugly
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One netizen thinks the toad might be the start of a zombie apocalypse.
start to suspect the squirrels aren't who they claim to be - and soon they're helping the irrepressible toad win back his home all over again.
Our goal has been to understand the relationships among toad populations in the Great Basin.
1-Attempted predation of a western desert tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes) by a Sonoran Desert toad (Incilius alvarius) at Sabino Canyon, Arizona, on 28 August 2016: (a) our initial observation, (b) the toad reacting to the tarantula's defenses, (c) the toad wretching, and (d) the tarantula's escape.
During very dry seasons, toads dig deep into the soil to find moisture to help keep their bodies wet.
It accumulates energy and transforms itself into an animal, becoming a rabbit or a toad .
In 2002, an Amargosa Toad Conservation Agreement & Strategy was completed.
Froglife's Toads on Roads scheme harnesses the goodwill of bucket-carrying volunteers or "toad patrollers" who wait at hotspots to scoop up the amphibians and lift them to safety.
The common toad - an amphibian with warty skin and waddling gait - is thought to be experiencing declines across the UK In some cases it's caused by the effect of road traffic as toads travel slowly back to the same breeding ponds, often used for generations.
With only a decades-old artist's sketch to guide them, they're trying to find a lost biological treasure: the Borneo rainbow toad, last seen 87 years ago.
Having already vanished throughout much of the southern Rocky Mountains, the boreal toad is one species with a questionable future.
Each brand of toad boasts unique characteristics that affect the sound of the bait and how slowly it can be crawled without sinking.
Coupled with the loss of ponds, road deaths are thought to be a key cause of toad population decline.
The worry was that mushrooming cane toad populations would outcompete native frogs and birds, and that an ecological catastrophe was imminent.
The diminutive toad, at 2 centimeters or smaller in length, is a member of the genus Rhinella, making it a close relative of the giant cane toad (which can grow to a whopping 28 centimeters).