alley cat


noun

a homeless, usually mongrel, cat that scavenges for food in alleys, streets, etc.

Nearby words

  1. alleviate,
  2. alleviation,
  3. alleviative,
  4. alleviator,
  5. alley,
  6. alley cropping,
  7. alley gate,
  8. alley light,
  9. alley-oop,
  10. alley-way

Origin of alley cat

First recorded in 1900–05

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British Dictionary definitions for alley cat

alley cat

noun

a homeless cat that roams in back streets
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Idioms and Phrases with alley cat

alley cat

A promiscuous woman; also, a person of loose morals. For example, She's constantly picking up men in bars—a real alley cat. This idiom transfers a stray cat that frequents alleys in search of food to a woman of easy virtue, especially a prostitute seeking customers. [Slang; early 1900s]

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