Saturday, February 02, 2008

Idiom Focus: Animal Idioms 5

Every Saturday I'll give you a couple of idioms to learn. An idiom is a saying or phrase whose meaning cannot be taken from the literal meanings of the words.

cat got one’s tongue: Can’t speak because of shyness, surprise, etc.


What’s the matter – cat got your tongue? I asked you what you did with the car keys! Don’t tell me you lost them!

cat nap: A short nap taken during the day. This idiom comes from the observation that cats tend to take frequent, brief naps throughout the day, and are easily awakened.


The security guard was fired for catnapping on the job.

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