Posted by: Jack Henry | January 18, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Kitty Meow Meow

As I mentioned at the end of our idiom contest, there are tons of idioms about animals. One of the most popular idioms, which I was unfamiliar with, is “as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.” At least six people sent that one in. Here are a few other ones for you about kitties.

Idiom Meaning and Notes
Pick of the litter The best of a group of things. Alluding to a litter of dogs or cats. Previously “pick of the market,” “pick of the parish,” “pick of the basket.”
Fight like cats and dogs Argue violently all of the time
Let the cat out of the bag Reveal a secret by accident
Curiosity killed the cat. Being nosy about other people’s activities could get you into trouble.
It’s raining cats and dogs. Raining heavily
As nervous as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs Extremely nervous
Nervous as a cat on a hot tin roof Really anxious
Looking like the cat that swallowed the canary Very pleased with oneself or what one has done/accomplished
More than one way to skin a cat More than one way to accomplish something
Cat’s meow Something really special/good
Higher than a cat’s back Very tall; very high

Kara Church

Technical Editor, Advisory

Symitar Documentation Services

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