Animal Idioms: Expressions, Idioms and Phrases Related to Cat
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Animal Idioms: Expressions, Idioms and Phrases Related to Cat

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A good vocabulary helps you to understand, learn, and express yourself better as other people are more inclined to respect and follow you. A person with a good vocabulary is more successful in whatever he/she does.

Learning a language is a life time process. Whether you are 15 year teenager or a 65 year Granddad learning idioms and phrases is an interesting task which can help you to improve your vocabulary and enhance your communication skills.

Cat -Idioms are fun. Here is a list of expressions, idioms and phrases related to your favourite pet cat. Read on to learn about these amazing cat- idioms which will really help you to improve your vocabulary.

Cat- Expressions, Idioms and Phrases

1 Conceited as a barber's cat

-  Very proud, vain or arrogant

Shelly became as conceited as a barber's cat after she won the award at College.

2 As weak as a kitten or as week as a cat

- Extremely weak and sickly

Maria is as weak as a kitten because she doesn't eat well.

3 Catnap

- A mid-day nap, short sleep or doze taken during the day

My mom takes catnap during the afternoon so that she feels refreshed in the evening.

4 When the cat's away, the mice will play

- When no one in authority is present, people tend to misbehave and do as they please

When the teacher left  for a couple of minutes, the children nearly wrecked the classroom. When the cat's away, the mice will play.

5 There is more than one way to skin a cat

- There is always more than one way to do something

Tom knew that there was more than one way to skin a cat so he did not worry about the rules and regulations for completing his project.

6 To let the cat out of the bag

- To reveal a secret or a surprise by mistake, without intending to, accidentally

Maria was trying to keep her parents anniversary party a secret, but her sister went and let the cat out of the bag.

7 Not enough room to swing a cat

- very little space, not much space

William's living room was very small. There wasn't enough room to swing a cat.

How can the children play in a small room like this? There's not enough room to swing a cat.

8 Curiosity killed the cat

- Being curious can cause trouble 

You should not worry about what your sister is doing. Remember, curiosity killed the cat.

9 Put/set the cat among the pigeons

- to do or say something which can cause lot of trouble and make a lot of people angry or worried

Sending the unpopular supervisor to talk to the angry employers was like putting the cat among the pigeons.

10 Fraidy-cat

-Coward; a person who is frightened of everything

Tom called his younger brother a fraidy-cat because he would not climb the tree, nor jump from the gate.

There are a number of other cat related idioms, but I have listed my favorite 10 cat idioms here.Please add your cat idioms to my list. I look forward to read about your favourite idioms and comments.

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Comments (6)

Playing with cat phrases: Curiosity kills the cat, but the cat has nine lives.

I hate the one about skinning a cat.. makes me wonder where that started.

Fun :)

Lisa Moore

That was fun! My mother spoke in idioms and I had forgotten some of these...thank you for the refreshment!

Lisa Moore

That was fun! My mother spoke in idioms and I had forgotten some of these...thank you for the refreshment!

This is a fun article and very useful for people learning English as a second language. There is always kitty-cornered and catty-cornered too. My mom used to say there wasn't enough room to "cuss" a cat; that takes even less room that swinging a cat...LOL