As I promised you, here are five idioms involving cats for your unlimited use. If you know others who will need to learn this idioms, please share this page using our site share buttons.
#6 Who will bell the cat?
Literal meaning: If you bell the cat, you agree to do something quite dangerous, difficult, or impossible. It probably comes from a story in which a group of mice decide that they will tie a bell to a murderous cat so that its jingle will warn them of its presence. But then no one wants to take on the dangerous role of belling the cat.
Related terms are bells the cat, belled the cat, belling the cat.
This is why it is said that making a plan is one thing but executing it is an entirely different thing. Execution is more important than ideas. So, have you ever tried to bell a cat? What happened? Feel free to tell us more in the comments.
#7 Raining cats and dogs
Literal meaning: No one knows the precise source of this 17th century expression, but we can be sure that it didn’t originate because animals fell from the sky, however, the most probable explanation is that it originates from England in the 1700s when storm drains would often carry dead dogs and cats away when heavy rain fell. Thus, the possible connection between heavy rain and cats and dogs.
It’s raining like a pissing cow in Paris this week. That’s the French equivalent of “raining cats and dogs” (Il pleut comme vache qui pisse).
#8 Put the cat among the pigeons
Literal meaning: This idiom refers to the act of letting a cat go inside a dove house where pigeons are kept where the cat would scare all the birds whilst hunting and killing some of them. So, if you put the cat among the pigeons it means you tell a person or group of people something that is likely to scare or worry them, or at the very least ruffle some feathers.
Other forms: To set the cat among the pigeons.
In order to help you learn and memorise this idiom just think about what would happen if you really put a cat in a group of pigeons!
#9 When the cat is away, the mice will play
#10 A cat nap
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