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Idioms #4 | Low-Intermediate 4

Cats (Part B)

Learn some idioms about cat.
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6) Look like something the cat dragged in

Jen: What happened? You look awful?
Tom: I did not go home last night.
Jen: You stayed out all night and came to work?
Tom: Yeah, and I am so tired.
Jen: You look it. You look like something the cat dragged in.

7) There's more than one way to skin a cat!

Jen: Did you get the loan from the bank?
Al: No, they turned me down.
Jen: I’m sorry. So you can”t open your business.
Al: No, I can. I”ll get the money somehow.
Jen: Yeah!, You still think you can get the money?
Al: Sure. There’s more than one way to skin a cat.

8) Scaredy-Cat

Sue: We’re going surfing on Friday. Wanna come?
Tim: That sounds cool but ….
Sue: But what?
Tim: Well, I’m afraid of sharks.
Sue: Oh, don”t be a scaredy-cat. It’s totally safe.
Tim: No thanks. I’m petrified of sharks.

9) Let the cat out of the bag

Mel: I am going to miss working with Joe.
Sal: What are you talking about? He’s leaving?
Mel: Um, The company is firing ten people.
Sal: What? Who told you that?
Mel: Oh no, I was not supposed to tell anyone.
Sal: Too late. The cat is out of the bag.

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

Jill: How is your new boss?
Ken: Terrible. He is a poor manager.
Jill: Really why is that?
Ken: He is never there so we never do any work. Everyone just goofs off all day.
Jill: Well, when the cat’s away, the mice will play.

Learn vocabulary from the lesson!!

Look like something the cat dragged in

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When you look like something that cat dragged in, you have a very poor appearance. This phrase refers to cats bringing in dead animals to show to their owners.

There's more than one way to skin a cat!

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This phrase means that there is more than one way to do something. When you skin an animal, you remove its skin or fur.

 

Scaredy Cat

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A scaredy cat is a person who gets frightened easily. We call a person a scaredy cat when we think they are being too timid to try something.

 

The cat is out of the bag

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When you let the cat out of the bag, you accidentally reveal something that was supposed to be a secret. Once you say it, it is no longer a secret.

 

When the cat’s away, the mice will play

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This phrase refers to how mice will not come out when a cat is around. It means that people are not working because their boss or person of authority is not there.

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
dragged • scaredy • play • bag • skin
  1. Don't be a scaredy .
  2. Look what the cat in.
  3. When the cat is away the mice will .
  4. There is more than one way to a cat.
  5. The cat is out of the .