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catt, probably from
a small animal with four legs that people often keep as a pet. Cats sometimes kill small animals and birds
tabby/ginger/tortoiseshell etc cat
colours of cats
a male cat
a large animal such as a lion or
let the cat out of the bag
to tell someone a secret, especially without intending to
put/set the cat among the pigeons
to do or say something that causes arguments, trouble etc
play (a game of) cat and mouse (with somebody)
to pretend to allow someone to do or have what they want, and then to stop them from doing or having it
The police played an elaborate game of cat and mouse to trap him.
the cat's whiskers/pyjamas
something or someone that is better than everything else
I really thought I looked the cat's whiskers in that dress.
like a cat on hot bricks
like a cat on a hot tin roof
so nervous or anxious that you cannot keep still or keep your attention on one thing
not stand/have a cat in hell's chance (of doing something)
to not have any chance of succeeding
They don't have a cat in hell's chance of being elected.
when the cat's away (the mice will play)
used to say that people will not behave well when the person who has authority over them is not there
like the cat that got the cream
like the cat that ate the canary
very proud or pleased because of something you have achieved or got
look like something the cat dragged/brought in
to look very dirty or untidy
➔ raining cats and dogs
; ➔ there's not enough room to swing a cat
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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