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Idioms #3 | Low-Intermediate 4

Idioms about Cats

Listen to five idioms about cats and mice.
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1) Cat got your tongue

Gwyn: I saw you at the party kissing another girl.
Barry: What are you talking about?
Gwyn: Look, I even have a picture of it.
Barry: Ah … ah …
Gwyn: What”s the matter? Cat got your tongue!

2) Fight like cats and dogs

Ann: Do you have a brother?
Bill: Yes, a twin brother in fact.
Ann: Really, I had no idea.
Bill: Yeah, we fight like cats and dogs, so we do hang out much.

3) Fat cat

Mel: Who lives in that house on the beach?
Sam: I am not sure. Some fat cat.
Mel: It’s a lovely house.
Sam: Yeah, it must be nice being filthy rich.
Mel: Yeah, I’d love to be a fat cat someday.

4) Like herding cats

Kim: Do you like teaching young kids?
Joe: Yeah, but some days it is really hard.
Kim: Yeah, I bet.
Joe: Sometimes it’s like herding cats.
Kim: I can imagine.

5) Play cat and mouse

Bob: I miss you. Can I meet you on Friday?
Sue: Maybe.
Bob: What about Saturday or Sunday?
Sue: Maybe.
Bob: Are you playing cat and mouse with me?
Sue: No, I am really busy.

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Cat got your tongue

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We use this phrase when talking to someone who is too embarrassed to speak because they have been caught doing something wrong.

 

Fight like cats and dogs

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When people fight like cats and dogs, that means they do not get along. We use this phrase to describe people that are always arguing.

 

Fat cat

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A fat cat is a very rich, poweful person who has a lot of influence in business or politics. A fat cat would be a person who often gets what they want because of their power.

 

Like herding cats

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The phrase like herding cats refers to attempting to gather cats. Cats are very hard to catch so the phrase means to have a hard time collecting something or getting people to do something.

Play cat and mouse

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When you play cat and mouse with someone, you tease them or play with them for your own amusement. You purposely make life hard for them just because you can.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
herding • dog • mouse • fat • tongue
  1. Cat got your .
  2. Fight like cats and .
  3. Play cat and .
  4. He is a cat.
  5. It is like cats.