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Curiosity Killed The Cat

Updated: Sep 18, 2018

Cat Idioms, collocations and expressions.

In English Language there are numerous idioms and expressions with animals.

Some of the most popular ones are with our favorite pets - cats.

If you want to speak English fluently and express yourself clearly learn the expressions below.


Curiosity Killed The Cat

- being too nosy or curious may get a person into trouble

Has the cat got your tongue?

- when someone doesn't answer your question

Did you eat my chocolate? Well? Has the cat got your tongue?

Play cat and mouse

- to try to defeat someone by tricking that person into making a mistake so that you have an advantage over them

Have kittens

- to be very worried, upset, or angry about something

Put the cat among the pigeons

- to say or do something that causes trouble or makes a lot of people very angry

While the cats away the mice will play

- when the person who is in charge is away, the people there behave badly

Let the cat out of the bag

- to reveal something that should have been secret

My brother let the cat out of the bag and it won’t be a surprise any more.

A cat in gloves catches no mice

- If you are too polite or cautious, you may not get what you want.

Fight like cats and dogs

- to argue and fight with someone

Look like the cat that swallowed/ate the canary

- to look self-satisfied, to look as if you have just had a great success

Look like the cat that got the cream

- to look very happy with yourself.

No room to swing a cat

- not very much space

Cheap airlines don't have enough room to swing a cat.

Even a cat can look at a king/queen

-you have every right to do this

All cats are grey at night

- In the dark of night, appearances do not matter

Cat’s meow

- Something or someone that is fancy, desirable, or impressive

Look at his car! It is really the cat's meow!



- Someone who copies someone else


-A very short sleep

Cool cat

- a fashionable person


- a bad-tempered, spiteful woman

Fat cat

- a person who is rich and influential.


- someone who is easily frightened

Don't be such a scaredy-cat, just give it a try!

a tortoiseshell cat - a type of cat that is black, white, brown, and orange

a tabby cat - a cat with fur of different colours, usually grey or brown and orange

a tomcat - a male cat

a feral cat - a cat that lives in a wild state but was once kept as a pet

a sleek cat - a cat with fur that is smooth and shiny

a pedigree cat - a cat whose parents, grandparents etc were all of the same breed (=type)

a domestic cat - a cat that is kept as a pet or on a farm

a stray cat - a roaming, homeless cat

CATS - English Books

Learn English in easy and funny way!

For cat lovers - The Cat in The Hat by Dr. Seuss.

Perfect for learning simple, conversational English.

The stories are hilarious and you want to read them again and again.

Learning English has never been so much fun!

Learn to Read With Fat Cat - easy-to-read stories for beginning readers.

Ideal to learn new words that are frequently used in the English language. When you know these words you will gain reading fluency and improve your English vocabulary and reading skills.

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