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Animals in Idiom
"As a follow up to my "Proverbially Barking" quiz, I realised afterwards that I had been a little unfair toward our feline friends, who also happen to have a lot of proverbs and idioms revolving around them. So here's my quiz on cats!"
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Which of the following adjectives best describes someone who is "playing a cat and mouse game" with someone (assuming they are metaphorically the cat)?
What does the proverb "a cat can look at a king" mean?
No one is so important that an ordinary person cannot look at them
People of importance only associate with other people of importance
No matter what they do, famous people will always be looked at and watched by others
A king will always have a pet cat
According to the proverb, you should keep more cats than can catch mice, just in case.
What is someone doing if they look at you, and refer to you as "something the cat dragged in"?
Trying to introduce themselves
Flirting with you
What is the saying associated with the idea that unless there is supervision, people will misbehave?
When the cats are away, the mice will play
It's like cats and dogs
You let the cat out of the bag, there
It's like a cat on hot bricks
What is the idiom associated with there not being a lot of space?
Like a cat on a hot tin roof
A bag of cats
Like a cat in a room full of rocking chairs
Not enough room to swing a cat
What have you done if you are said to have "set the cat among the pigeons?"
Introduced someone who will be able to keep others in line
Added a violently disturbing new element to something
Placed a bad person in amongst good people
Gone to a pet shop, bought a cat, and set him down in Trafalgar Square
Who, or what, would we use the phrase "fat cat" to describe?
Someone who is incredibly lazy, and doesn't do anything except sleep and eat
An exceptionally obese cat
A successful businessman, with lots of money
Someone who really enjoys their sushi
If the "cat's got your tongue," you are able to speak very eloquently, and always have something to say.
What does it mean if something is "as high as the hair on the cat's back"?
It's hard to live up to
It's very expensive
It's about 30cm from the ground
What does it mean if something is described as being "the cat's pyjamas"?
It looks really stupid
It's nice and plain and simple
It's all that and a bag of chips
If it's raining cats and dogs, it's just a light drizzle.
According to the proverb, what killed the cat?
Comfort (too much of it)
If you are "like a cat on hot tin roof," what are you?
The theory is that cats can survive anything that should be severe enough to kill them. How many lives is a cat said to have?
(One Word- a number)
The saying "grinning like a Cheshire cat" originates from the book "The Wind In The Willows."
There's more than one way to _________ a cat.
What does it mean if you "let the cat out of the bag"?
You let someone know what you really think of them, and let all your feelings and emotions come out
You freak out
You let yourself go, and become wild
You tell a secret you shouldn't have
What is the proverb associated with the idea that you cannot always get what you want by being polite and careful?
A cat in gloves catches no mice
You're the cat who swallowed the canary
All cats are grey in the dark
You don't have enough sense to bell a cat
If someone is a "fraidy cat," are they brave?
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Compiled Apr 09 13