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Slang definitions & phrases for dead cat

dead cat

noun phrase

A lion, tiger, etc, that does not perform but is only exhibited (1930s+ Circus)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • Well to old bones a dead cat might be better than no cushion!

    The Dragon Painter

    Mary McNeil Fenollosa
  • If she had not been able to jump, she would have been a dead cat.

    Cat and Dog

    Julia Charlotte Maitland
  • His ardour was cooled by receiving a dead cat full in the face.

    Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay George Otto Trevelyan
  • We were afraid of a dead cat, or our glasses broken, and so were always of their side.

    The Journal to Stella Jonathan Swift
  • "And you look like a dead cat, Erskine," said the civil squire.

  • He had a skeleton of a cat, a dead cat, and a live cat to work from.

    Randolph Caldecott Henry Blackburn
  • And when he found it it was a dead cat—a light-coloured cat.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Mrs. Anderson, there's a dead cat on the fire escape outside my window.

    Know Thy Neighbor Elisabeth R. Lewis

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