Idioms about cats


Here is a list of idiomatic expressions using the word cat.

Be the cat’s whiskers

When you are the cat’s whiskers, you are better than anybody else.

 Has the cat got your tongue?

This expression is used when someone does not say anything when you expect them to.

Let the cat out of the bag

To let the cat out of the bag is to reveal a secret unintentionally.

Like the cat that got the cream

When you look like the cat that got the cream, you look very pleased.

Look like something the cat dragged / brought in

If somebody looks like something the cat dragged in, they look very untidy.

Not have a cat in hell’s chance

To have no chance at all

Set the cat among the pigeons

To set the cat among the pigeons is to cause trouble.

 When the cat’s away, the mice will play

Used to suggest that people will do whatever they want when someone in authority is not there.