|As busy as a cat on a hot tin roof
||Mack is a full time student while holding a full time job. He’s as busy as a cat on a hot tin roof.
|A cat has nine lives
||Cats can survive accidents that would kill most animals
||Fred is unbelievable. He was hit by a car, knocked off the bridge and into the water, and still showed up for work the next day. That cat has nine lives.
|A leopard cannot change its spots
||One can’t change one’s basic identity
||Spend time aimlessly; seek sexual activity
||A: What’s Harvey doing?B: Nothing much; just catting around.
||A dispute carried out with great hostility
||I wouldn’t go in there if I were you. Hank and Sue are in a real cat fight.
||A narrow walkway, usually quite high up, used to allow workers to work above a stage or other area
||You want me to go up on that catwalk? No way! I’m afraid of heights.
|When the cat’s away, the mice will play
||When an authority figure is absent, subordinates will do whatever they want
||A: Their parents were out of town for two days. They watched TV all night long and blasted music out loud all day.B: Well! When the cat’s away, the mice will play.
|A cat in gloves catches no mice
||If you’re too careful and polite, you may not get what you want
||A: She owes me some money. I know she remembers but I’m afraid of reminding her because it might spoil our friendship.
|Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion
||It’s better to be the leader of a small group than a follower of a bigger one
||He’s the chairman of a small company in a small city. He was offered the place of an assistant in a very big company with very high salary. However he turned it down. Better be the head of a dog than the tail of a lion.
|Has the cat got your tongue?
||Why aren’t you saying anything?
||I’ve been talking for five minute now and you haven’t said anything. Has the cat got your tongue?
|Curiosity killed the cat
||Being curious can get you in trouble, especially when you’re too nosy
||Why do you keep asking where he found his lost wallet? Curiosity killed the cat.
|There’s more than one way to skin a cat
||There’s more than one way of doing things
||A: I don’t know how Mary does it. Even though she seems the most relaxed, she’s always the first to complete the work.B: Well, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
||A male cat, (slang) woman chaser
||He tomcatted around before he got married.
|Let the cat out of the bag
||Reveal a secret when you shouldn’t
||Why did you tell the children that we were going on a picnic? Now you’ve let the cat out of the bag.
|Raining like cats and dogs
||It was raining cats and dogs. Even our umbrellas couldn’t keep us dry.
|Get the tiger by the tail
||Take on a task for which one is ill-prepared or which may be a bigger challenge than anticipated
||You’re planning on starting your own computer business without knowing a thing about computers. Now you’ve got the tiger by the tail.
||The largest portion
||Workers produce wealth for the capitalist but get very little reward. The capitalist gets the lion’s share.
|Not enough room to swing a cat in
||Cramped place; congested
||There were so many of us in her office that there wasn’t enough room to swing a cat in.
|Fight like cats and dogs
||A real nasty fight
||Did you see the two of them? They were fighting like cats and dogs.
||A burglar who breaks into houses through upstairs windows
||At some time in the morning a cat burglar sneaked in and stole all her jewelry.
|Play cat and mouse with someone
||To be evasive with someone; to toy with someone
||I know what you are up to. Don’t play cat and mouse with me.
||A short nap or doze
||Every afternoon he would close his office door and take a little cat nap.
||shouting disapproval or insults; heckling
||The catcalls from the audience caused the speaker to pause.Those vulgar boys were making catcalls when two girls passed by.