If you love cats as much as I do, then you might be interested in learning these ‘CAT’ idioms:
When the cat’s away, the mice will play – to describe what happens when the teacher leaves the classroom/when your boss is away.
Ex: They shouldn’t be so loud, but the teacher left the classroom, and when the cat’s away, the mice will play.
Put the cat among pigeons – there’s going to be a trouble because of something someone had said or done.
Ex: Don’t tell them about our competitors’ success, it’ll put cats among pigeons.
There isn’t enough room to swing a cat – describe a room as too small.
Ex: My office is so small; there isn’t enough room to swing a cat.
Let the cat out of the bag – tell a secret, usually unintentionally.
Ex: We’ve been preparing a surprise party for Fiona’s birthday, but Len let the cat out of the bag and told her.
Curiosity killed the cat – warn someone not to try to find out someone’s private matters.
Ex: You shouldn’t ask Jill so many personal questions; you may insult her. Curiosity killed the cat.
Like a cat on hot bricks – be nervous.
Ex: He’s been walking around all morning like a cat on hot bricks.
There’s more than one way to skin a cat – there are different ways of doing something.
Ex: Our negotiations may have failed this time but there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Not have a cat in hell’s chance – not have a chance at all.
Ex: They don’t have a cat in hell’s chance of buying a decent house with that amount of money.
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