|Don't Let Anyone Get Your Goat|
The first person to say, "Hey, don't let Joe get your goat," was undoubtedly familiar with the use of goats as companion animals and the practice of stealing them to upset the competition. They were speaking from their experience.
The best way to avoid cliches is to write what you know, that is, to describe the world around you as you see it, because only you have seen it through your eyes. I live on a hobby farm, so instead of writing someone fled "like a bat out of hell", I might put down someone fled "like a dog with the horse after him."
What life experiences have you put in your writing to make it unique?