Cat Idioms

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Don’t let the cat get your tongue with these expressions

From lolcats to Nyan Cat the internet seems to love cats. Here are some cat expressions to share in the obsession offline.

Cat got your tongue used to point out that someone is unusually quiet

    “Cat got your tongue? Aren’t you going to answer me?”

Catnap a quick nap

    “I have a lot of homework and only have time for a catnap.”

Copycat someone who copies another

    “Her drawing looks just like mine. What a copycat!”

Curiosity killed the cat a warning that curiosity can get you into trouble

    “Stop rummaging through his things. Curiosity killed the cat, you know.”

Let the cat out of the bag to let known a secret

    “We were planning a surprise party but then someone let the cat out of the bag.”

Raining cats and dogs raining very heavily

    “I’ve never seen so much rain in my life. It’s raining cats and dogs out there!”

Scaredy-cat or fraidy cat someone who is scared

    “He’s a scaredy-cat who doesn’t want to try anything new.”

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