Well, dog my cats!

by tiresomemoi

Cute dog at Franprixdog at the grocery store


Yesterday, I looked up French proverbs and expressions containing the word “chat/chatte.” There were many more than I’d expected. As it happens, there are also a whole lot of English expressions with the word “cat” in them.



Who’s she, the cat’s mother?

When the cat’s away, the mice will play,

A cat in gloves catches no mice.

Curiosity killed the cat. (Satisfaction brought her back.)

There are many ways to skin a cat.

Look at what the cat dragged in!

You look like something the cat dragged in.

Cat got your tongue?

All cats are gray in the dark/at night.

Well, dog my cats!

It’s raining cats and dogs.

You have as much chance as a wax cat in hell.

Cats have nine lives.

not enough room to swing a cat

like a cat on a hot tin roof/on hot bricks

[put the] cat among the pigeons

a cat may look at a king

a cat nap

a fat cat

a scaredy/fraidy-cat

alley cat

like herding cats

purr like a cat

weak as a kitten

to be the cat’s whiskers

bell the cat

play cat and mouse

cat ice


like a cat in the/a sack

let the cat out of the bag

fight like cats and dogs

fight like Kilkenny cats

cat’s cradle (a string game)

he/she is the cat’s meow

the cat’s pajamas

as conceited as a barber’s cat

he/she’s a cool cat

dead cat on the line

dead cat bounce

faster than a cat lapping chain lightning

feel as if a cat has kittened in (one’s) mouth

grin like a Cheshire cat

like the cat that got the cream

to look like the cat that swallowed the canary

mad enough to kick a cat

have a kick at the cat

see which way the cat jumps


*Not as unsavory as I’d imagined: catsup; ketchup.



The Farlex Dictionary of Idioms, there you can click on the entries to find their meanings.


Happy Bloomsday!