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10 sayings and phrases in English that are most often used with the word "CAT".


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1. "Bell the cat"
To put yourself in a dangerous position.

To undertake or agree to perform a risky, dangerous, or impossible job or task. It comes from a fable called "Belling the Cat," in which a group of mice decide that one will harness a bell to a murderous cat so that its jingle will warn them of its presence, though none want to take on the dangerous role.

Example
"Someone has to bell the cat and tell the boss we aren't going to come in to work on Saturdays anymore."
"Who's going to bell the cat and tell mom we wrecked her car?"

 

2. "Between you and me and the cat's whiskers"
This idiom is used when telling someone something that you want them to keep secret.

 

3. "Cat among the pigeons"
To say or do something that ​causes ​trouble or makes a lot of ​people very ​angry.

 

4. "Be the cat's whiskers (be the cat's meow/pajamas)"
To be ​better than everyone ​else

 

5. "Curiosity killed the cat"
Said to ​warn someone not to ​ask too many ​questions about something. Being curious can get you into trouble. Often used to warn someone against prying into other's affairs.

Example
"Jill: Where did you get all that money?
Jane: Curiosity killed the cat."

Warn someone not to ask too many questions about something
"Why are you going away so suddenly?'
'Curiosity killed the cat."

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6. "Fat cat"
Someone who has a lot of ​money, ​especially someone in ​charge of a ​company who has the ​power to ​increase ​their own ​pay.

Example
The ​report ​criticized ​boardroom ​fat ​cats who ​award themselves ​huge ​pay ​increases.
This neighborhood, with its million-dollar estates, is full of fat cats.
Fat ​cat ​bosses/​directors.

 

7. "Like a cat on hot bricks"
Also, like a cat on a hot tin roof.

Used to ​describe someone who is in a ​state of ​extreme ​nervous ​worry
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8. "Not enough room to swing a cat"
Said about a ​place or ​space that is very ​small.

Example
"Their living room was very small. There wasn't enough room to swing a cat."

"How can you work in a small room like this? There's not enough room to swing a cat."
"It’s really crowded in here. Not enough room to swing a cat."


 

9. "Raining cats and dogs"
Something that you say when it is ​raining ​heavily.

Example
"It was raining cats and dogs by the time I got home."

 

10. "Dead cat bounce"
In finance, a dead cat bounce is a small, brief recovery in the price of a declining stock.

Example
"Are we ​witnessing a ​genuine ​recovery in the ​share ​price, or is it just a ​dead ​cat ​bounce?"

   
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