- 1 a small animal with soft fur that people often keep as a pet. Cats catch and kill birds and mice cat food see also kitten, tomcat
- 2a wild animal of the cat family the big cats (= lions, tigers, etc.) see also fat cat, wildcat Idioms
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to be the best thing, person, idea, etc. He really thinks he's the cat's meow (= he has a high opinion of himself).
be the cat's meow/pajamas (informal)jump to other results
to be raining heavily
be raining cats and dogs (informal)jump to other results
said to someone, especially a child, who stays silent when expected to speak, for example after being asked a question What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?
(has the) cat got your tongue? (informal)jump to other results
used to tell someone not to ask questions or try to find out about things that do not concern them
curiosity killed the cat (saying)jump to other results
to argue in a very angry way, especially regularly over a period of time We fought like cats and dogs when we were younger.
fight like cats and dogsjump to other results
to tell a secret carelessly or by mistake I wanted it to be a surprise, but my sister let the cat out of the bag.
let the cat out of the bagjump to other results
very nervous She was like a cat on a hot tin roof before her driving test.
like a cat on a hot tin roofjump to other results
very pleased with yourself synonym smug She looked like a cat that got the canary—she was almost purring with pleasure.
like the cat that got/ate/swallowed the canaryjump to other results
(of a person) to look dirty and messy
look like something the cat brought/dragged in (informal)jump to other results
when someone says there's no room to swing a cat, they mean that a room is very small and that there is not enough space
no room to swing a cat (informal)jump to other results
to play a cruel game with someone in your power by changing your behavior very often, so that they become nervous and do not know what to expect He thought the police were playing some elaborate game of cat and mouse and waiting to trap him.
play (a game of) cat and mouse with somebody, play a cat-and-mouse game with somebodyjump to other results
there are many different ways to achieve something
there's more than one way to skin a cat (saying) (humorous)jump to other results
people enjoy themselves more and behave with greater freedom when the person in charge of them is not there
when the cat's away the mice will play (saying)jump to other results