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Proverbs containing the word Cat

Cat got your tongue

"Has the cat got your tongue?" is an expression in the form of a question that originated in the mid-nineteenth century and was used when... Read more →

All cats love fish but hate to get their paws wet

Everyone wants success, but many lack the self-discipline to become successful. They might hope in luck, but fortune favours the bold.

A cat in gloves catches no mice

Sometimes you cannot get what you want by being careful and polite. Restraint and caution (or ‘pussyfooting’) achieve nothing. This is... Read more →

When the cat is away, the mice will play

This is a very old proverb, dating back to the sixteenth century. It means that when the person in authority is away, those under him will take... Read more →

There are more ways of killing a cat than by choking it with cream

There is more than one way of achieving one's purpose.

Don’t make yourself a mouse, or the cat will eat you

If you belittle yourself, people will take advantage of you. Stand up for yourself.

All cats are grey in the dark

This proverb suggests that beauty is unimportant. Beneath the outward appearance people are all much alike. 'When the candles are out,' wrote... Read more →

A cat may look at a king

A cat may look at a King And surely I many look at an ugly thing. This is one of Mother Goose's Nursery Rhymes. It means 'If a cat may look at... Read more →

A cat has nine lives

This is another way of saying that a cat is much more likely to escape death then are most animals. It is too wily and agile to be taken by... Read more →

Care killed a cat

Care is the load on the mind. If it killed a cat, which has nine lives - or so 'tis said - it will kill you, who have only one life. So, don't... Read more →