cat ( 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.
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
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