Interesting Cat Idioms


For some strange reason, there are many interesting expressions in English about cats. A long time ago, if you said something was “the cat’s meow”, it meant that it was terrific. One common expression that is used nowadays is “Curiosity killed the cat”. This is used as a warning to tell people that trying to find out too much about something might end up hurting them. If someone asks you something and you don’t answer right away, they might say, “Cat got your tongue?”. This usually means that they notice that you don’t know what to say.

Two people who are always arguing are said to “fight like cats and dogs.” Maybe one of the most well-known English expressions that uses cats is related to weather. When it rains very heavily, we sometimes say it is “raining cats and dogs”.  Finally, a famous saying goes, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play.” This means that when a person in authority (like a teacher or a boss) leaves, the people under him or her will relax and enjoy themselves.

More common English idioms.