讓貓兒教你英文成語 Cat Talk (學人精、啞巴與迷途少女的英文都跟喵星人有關哪！)
This word for any feline or, specifically, the small domesticated species became a term of contempt for a woman and slang for a prostitute (brothels have been called cat houses)
Similarly, noisy protests from spectators at a performance or competition are referred to as catcalls, presumably from the unpleasant sound of cats howling out during fighting or courtship.
另外，在黑人英語中，cat這個字跟fellow或是guy(傢伙)是同義字。後來只要是對爵士樂有狂熱的人a jazz aficionado，也稱之為cat.
Cat also came, first in Black English and then in more widespread usage, to be synonymous with fellow or guy and became a label for a jazz aficionado.
A fat cat is, by analogy with the physical aspect of an obese feline, a wealthy, self-satisfied person.
This relatively recent slang term, from an analogy with feline predation, refers to older women who seek younger males as sex partners.
小貓這個字帶有一種性的誘惑力。A sex kitten就是一個性感女人的意思。中文的「性感小貓」我覺得就是從英文直接翻譯來的。
The word for a young cat applies to a seductive or alluring woman; it’s sometimes expanded to “sex kitten.”
Because of this animal’s regal nature, its name is used to celebrate noble bearing; the word also alludes to bravery (as in the epithet Lionhearted) but also to greed or tyranny. The verb lionize refers to adulation.
The ferocious nature of the tiger has inspired the use of its name to express admiration for a person’s tenacity or competitive spirit. By contrast, a paper tiger is just what the idiom suggests: an apparently powerful entity that is not a force or a threat.
A bag of cats - A bad-tempered person, especially a woman.
例句： "She's a real bag of cats this afternoon!"
A cat in gloves catches no mice - Sometimes you can't accomplish a goal by being careful and polite.
An idiom attributed to Ben Franklin in Poor Richard's Almanac
All cats are gray in the dark - All persons are undistinguished until they have made a name.
Alley cat - A stray or homeless cat.
The "alley" portion probably refers to prostitutes, who at one point literally carried a mattress around with them. The "cat" probably alludes to the mating habits of female cats.
Another breed of cat - something different from anything else
As much chance as a wax cat in hell - There is no chance at all.
Busier than a one-eyed cat watching two mouse holes - Very busy, almost to the point of being frantic
Busier than a three legged cat in a dry sand box - Very busy, almost to the point of being frantic
Cat burglar - A nimble, silent, sneaky thief
Refers to the way cats are able to sneak up and steal their prey
Catcalls - Booing bad acting
The expression goes back to the theater of Shakespear's time, when men criticized the acting by making noises that sounded like a fence full of cats.
Cat got your tongue?- Why aren't you talking?
The phrase probably comes from a custom in the Mideast hundreds of years ago, when it was common to punish a thief by cutting off their right hand, and a liar by ripping out their tongue. These severed body parts were given to the king's pet cats as their daily food.
Cat ice - Thin, dangerous ice
Ice that would not support a cat, similar to the phrase "skating on thin ice."
Cat-in-hell chance - No likelihood of success
It originally referred to the hopelessness of fighting with inadequate weapons. (The complete phrase is: "No more chance than a cat in hell without claws.")
Catnap - Sleeping for a short period of time
Reference to the ability of a cat to sleep frequently and lightly
Cat's eye - Precious or semi-precious gems that have a changing luster; also road markers which reflect car lights (invented by Englishman Percy Shaw)
Refers to the coloring similar to a cat's and to the reflecting of light in a cat's eyes
Cat's concert / cats in chorus / cat's melody - Making harsh noises or cries
Probably came from Shakespeare's play Twelfth Night: “What a caterwauling do you keep here!”
Cat's meow - Something considered to be outstanding
Coined by American cartoonist Thomas a. Dorgan (1877-1929) whose work appears in many American newspapers.
Cat's whiskers - Something considered to be outstanding
Coined by American cartoonist Thomas a. Dorgan (1877-1929) whose work appears in many American newspapers. (see also Cat's meow)
Catty remarks - Comments made by a woman, usually about another woman
The phrase came about when a man named Heywood, in the middle 1500's wrote "A woman hath nine lives like a cat." Soon, a woman who gossiped about other women was said to be making "catty" remarks about them.
Catwalk - A narrow walkway
Termed as such because of a cat's ability to balance in very narrow places
Copycat - A person who copies others
Probably a reference to the way kittens learn by copying their mother's actions.
Curiosity killed the cat - Be cautious when investigating situations.
The saying originally was "care kills a cat," and began in the 16th century. "Care" was a warning that worry is bad for your health and can lead to an early grave; the phrase was a recognition that cats seem to be very cautious and careful. Over time, the word "care" evolved into "curiosity."
Enough to make a cat laugh - Something that is ridiculously silly.
Cats don't laugh.
Fat cat - A wealthy and privileged person
Cats that are well-fed and cared for are seldom skinny; hence, a person living the good life is a fat cat.
Fight like cats and dogs - To quarrel viciously.
Hellcat - A bad-tempered woman
Refers to the hissing and spitting of an angry feline
The cat's out of the bag - To pass along a secret.
In medieval England, piglets were sold in the open marketplace. The seller usually kept the pig in a bag, so it would be easier for the buyer to take it home. But shady sellers often tried to trick their buyers by putting a large cat in the bag. If a shrewd shopper looked in the bag - then the cat was literally out of the bag. (By the way, the bag was called a "poke," which is likely where the phrase "a pig in a poke," which nowadays means buying an unknown, came from.)
Walk like a cat on eggs - Tread very lightly
Weak as a kitten - Very weak, ineffective, fragile.
In the early 1800s the expression was weak as a cat
28. 貓大爺不在，老鼠樂翻天(一不被盯就胡搞瞎搞)When the cat's away, the mice will play - Without supervision, people misbehave