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Learner's definition of CAT  
: a small animal that is related to lions and tigers and that is often kept by people as a pet — often used before another noun
— see also tomcat
   b  : a lion, tiger, leopard, or similar wild animal
old-fashioned slang  : a man
— see also fat cat, hepcat, scaredy-cat

Cat got your tongue?

— used to ask someone why he or she is not saying anything

curiosity killed the cat

— see curiosity

fight like cats and dogs

— see 1fight

let the cat out of the bag

: to reveal a secret

like something the cat brought/dragged/drug in

◊ If you look or feel like something the cat brought/dragged/drug in, you are very dirty or untidy.

like the cat that ate/got/swallowed the canary

(US)or Britishlike the cat that got the cream
— used to say that someone looks very proud or satisfied about something he or she has done

Look what the cat dragged in!

— used to call attention to someone who has entered the room or area

rain cats and dogs

— see 2rain

the cat's meow

(US)old-fashioned + informalorthe cat's pajamasor Britishthe cat's whiskers
— used to say that someone or something is very appealing

— catlike

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