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  ( cats    plural  )
1       n-count   A cat is a furry animal that has a long tail and sharp claws. Cats are often kept as pets.  
2       n-count   Cats are lions, tigers, and other wild animals in the same family.  
    Cheshire cat  
    fat cat  
4    If you let the cat out of the bag, you tell people about something that was being kept secret. You often do this by mistake.  
let the cat out of the bag      phrase   V inflects  
5    In a fight or contest, if one person plays cat and mouse, or a game of cat and mouse, with the other, the first person tries to confuse or deceive the second in order to defeat them.  
(a game of) cat and mouse      phrase   usu v PHR, PHR n  
After three hours of playing cat and mouse, they threatened to open fire on our vessel, so we stopped...     
6    If you put the cat among the pigeons or set the cat among the pigeons, you cause fierce argument or discussion by doing or saying something.  
put the cat among the pigeons/set the cat among the pigeons      phrase   V inflects  
The bank is poised to put the cat among the pigeons this morning by slashing the cost of borrowing.     
7    If you say `There's no room to swing a cat' or `You can't swing a cat', you mean that the place you are talking about is very small or crowded.  
(no) room to swing a cat      phrase   with brd-neg, usu v-link PHR  
It was described as a large, luxury mobile home, but there was barely room to swing a cat.     

alley cat        ( alley cats    plural  ) An alley cat is a cat that lives in the streets of a town, is rather fierce, and is usually not owned by anyone.      n-count  
big cat        ( big cats    plural  ) Big cats are lions, tigers, and other large wild animals in the cat family.      n-count  
cat burglar        ( cat burglars    plural  ) A cat burglar is a thief who steals from houses or other buildings by climbing up walls and entering through windows or through the roof.      n-count  
Cheshire cat     
If someone is grinning like a Cheshire cat or like the Cheshire cat, they are smiling very widely.  
like a Cheshire cat      phrase  
He had a grin on his face like a Cheshire Cat., ...a Cheshire Cat smile.     
fat cat        ( fat cats    plural  ) If you refer to a businessman or politician as a fat cat, you are indicating that you disapprove of the way they use their wealth and power.  
INFORMAL, BUSINESS      n-count  
...the fat cats who run the bank.     
Siamese cat     ( Siamese cats    plural  ) A Siamese cat is a type of cat with short cream and brown fur, blue eyes, dark ears, and a dark tail.      n-count  
tom cat        ( tomcats    plural  ) , tomcat   A tom cat is a male cat.      n-count  
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feline, gib, grimalkin, kitty, malkin     (archaic)   moggy     (slang)   mouser, puss     (informal)   pussy     (informal)   tabby  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

herding cats exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.

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rain very heavily
Idiomatic expression. "The weather was really bad yesterday. It was raining cats and dogs all day."
something or someone that is regarded as outstanding, extremely good ; the best ; the cream ; the quintessence ; the jewel ; the top ; the bee's knees ; the cat's pyjamas
[UK];[Slang] Refers to the dog's habit of licking its testicles. By extension (and not without humor) the latter probably taste good! Ex: Among their albums,"master of puppets" is likely the dog's bullocks!
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