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1      (Also called)    domestic cat   a small domesticated feline mammal, Felis catus (or domesticus), having thick soft fur and occurring in many breeds in which the colour of the fur varies greatly: kept as a pet or to catch rats and mice  
2      (Also called)    big cat   any of the larger felines, such as a lion or tiger  
3    any wild feline mammal of the genus Felis, such as the lynx or serval, resembling the domestic cat,   (Related adj)        feline  
4    Informal   a woman who gossips maliciously  
5    Slang   a man; guy  
6      (Nautical)   a heavy tackle for hoisting an anchor to the cathead  
7    a short sharp-ended piece of wood used in the game of tipcat  
8       short for       catboat  
9    Informal   short for caterpillar (the vehicle)  
10       short for       cat-o'-nine-tails  
11    a bag of cats     (Irish)  
informal   a bad-tempered person  
she's a real bag of cats this morning     
12    fight like Kilkenny cats   to fight until both parties are destroyed  
13    let the cat out of the bag   to disclose a secret, often by mistake  
14    like a cat on a hot tin roof or on hot bricks   in an uneasy or agitated state  
15    like cat and dog   quarrelling savagely  
16    look like something the cat brought in   to appear dishevelled or bedraggled  
17    not a cat in hell's chance   no chance at all  
18    not have room to swing a cat   to have very little space  
19    put, set, etc., the cat among the pigeons          to introduce some violently disturbing new element  
20    play cat and mouse   to play with a person or animal in a cruel or teasing way, esp. before a final act of cruelty or unkindness  
21    rain cats and dogs   to rain very heavily  
      vb   , cats, catting, catted  
22    tr   to flog with a cat-o'-nine-tails  
23    tr     (Nautical)   to hoist (an anchor) to the cathead  
24    intr      a slang word for       vomit  
     (Old English catte, from Latin cattus; related to Old Norse köttr, Old High German kazza, Old French chat, Russian kot)  
  catlike      adj  
  cattish      adj  
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, amongst  
1    amid, amidst, in association with, in the middle of, in the midst of, in the thick of, midst, surrounded by, together with, with  
2    between, to each of  
3    in the class of, in the company of, in the group of, in the number of, out of  
4    by all of, by the joint action of, by the whole of, mutually, with one another  

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a body part is a part of a human body, usually one that has been cut or torn from the body in a violent incident (such as an accident, an explosion, etc)
something that is bottom-up originates among the lower-ranking members of a hierarchy and moves upwards to affect those higher up
the preferred terminology used among the management hierarchy of a business establishment in reference to native ideas and common interests related to their particular field.
syn.: slang, jargon
après la mort, le médecin
be silent, stop talking etc
au gueux, la besace
le chat est parti, les souris dansent
brebis comptée, le loup la mange
something excellent, impressive
E.g.: The concert was a real doozy.
au jeu d'échec, les fous sont les plus près du roi
à la quenouille, le fol s'agenouille
au mardi gras, l'hiver s'en va
après manger, nappe
à la Sainte_Dorothée, la plus forte neige
aide_toi, athena t'aidera
à tas de blé, le rat s'y met; et à l'argent les procès
étoiles filantes, personnes mourantes
dans les vieux pots, les bonnes soupes
les femmes âgées possèdent autant d'attraits et de charmes que les jeunes
à la Saint_Loup, la lampe au clou
1er septembre, Saint_Loup; les jours diminuent et il faut s'équiper d'une lampe pour...
dans les petites boîtes, les bons onguens
cela se dit pour flatter les personnes de petite taille
avant que l'herbe croisse, le cheval meurt
amour bref, soupir long
août pluvieux, cellier vineux
autre pays, autre coutume
aujourd'hui trompeur, demain trompé
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