Idioms are expressions that don’t mean what they say literally but rather convey a figurative meaning through wordplay or imagery. Here are some examples of idioms related to cats.
Idioms Related to Cats
Cat lovers are often obsessed with their pets. They may look at them as if they were human beings and speak to them as if they were children. Cat lovers like to use cat idioms in their everyday speech.
|Idioms with Cats
|A cat in gloves catches no mice
|The implication is that a person with a cautious nature will not be able to take advantage of opportunities or chances.
|A cat may look at a king.
|This is used as an excuse for treating someone with less respect than they deserve. The meaning is that everyone has human feelings, even if they are rich and powerful.
|All cats are gray in the dark
|People can be less obvious when they cannot be seen clearly or when they cannot see clearly.
|To cat sit
|to watch a cat while the owner is away
|a fight between two women or girls
|A cat’s whiskers
|very good, excellent
|Like a cat on a hot tin roof
Very nervous and anxious (from Tennessee Williams play)
|Cats have nine lives
|This phrase means that something has been lucky enough to survive many dangers or near-misses with death
|A short sleep taken during the day, usually when one is supposed to be working.
|To let the cat out of the bag
|to reveal a secret or surprise too early
|it’s raining cats and dogs
|it’s raining very heavily
|Cat got your tongue
|This is an idiom used to say that someone is not saying what they really think, or that they are, being too quiet.
|There is more than one way to skin a cat
|There is more than one way to do something.
|Mean and spiteful
|When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
|When people do something they wouldn’t normally do when someone important isn’t around.