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to bell the cat

  • 1 CAT

    1. cat [kæt] n
    1) ( animal) Katze f; ( class of animal) Katze f;
    big \CAT Großkatze;
    a domestic \CAT eine Hauskatze;
    a stray \CAT eine streunende [o herrenlose] Katze;
    to have a pet \CAT eine Katze als Haustier haben;
    2) (fig fam: spiteful woman) Klatschweib nt ( pej) ( fam), Giftspritze f ( pej) ( fam)
    who's she - the \CAT's mother? wer ist die denn schon? ( pej) ( fam)
    3) ((dated) sl: person, usu male) Typ m ( fam)
    he thinks he's the \CAT's whiskers er glaubt, er hätte den Vogel abgeschossen ( fam)
    cool [or hep] \CAT cooler [o scharfer] Typ (sl)
    to let the \CAT out of the bag die Katze aus dem Sack lassen ( prov)
    to look like the \CAT that got the cream ( esp Brit) sich akk freuen wie ein Schneekönig;
    all \CATs are grey in the dark [or (Am) at night, all \CATs are gray]; ( prov) bei Nacht sind alle Katzen grau ( prov)
    to fight [or be] like \CAT and dog wie Hund und Katze sein ( prov)
    a \CAT in hell's chance ( Brit) nicht die Spur einer Chance;
    a \CAT may look at a king ( esp Brit) ( prov) sieht doch die Katze den Kaiser an;
    while the \CAT's away the mice will play ( will play) wenn die Katze nicht zuhause ist, tanzen die Mäuse auf dem Tisch ( prov)
    [a game of] \CAT and mouse [ein] Katz-und-Maus-Spiel nt;
    to set [or put] the \CAT among the pigeons ( Brit) für die Katze im Taubenschlag sorgen;
    to be like a \CAT on a hot tin roof [or ( Brit) (dated) hot bricks] Hummeln im Hintern haben ( fam) ( wait impatiently) wie auf Kohlen sitzen;
    the \CAT's got sb's tongue jdm hat es die Sprache verschlagen ( iron)
    to see which way the \CAT jumps ( fam) sehen, wie der Hase läuft;
    to bell the \CAT der Katze die Schelle umhängen;
    to look like something the \CAT brought [or dragged] in wie gerädert aussehen;
    to rain \CATs and dogs wie aus Eimern schütten;
    there's no room to swing a \CAT ( Brit) man kann sich vor lauter Enge kaum um die eigene Achse drehen
    2. cat [kæt] n
    ( fam)
    2) short for cat o' nine tails neunschwänzige Katze
    3) short for caterpillar tractor Raupe f, Raupenfahrzeug nt
    3. CAT [kæt] n

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  • bell the cat — take the danger of a shared enterprise upon oneself. [an allusion to a fable in which the mice suggest hanging a bell around the cat s neck to have warning of its approach.] → bell …   English new terms dictionary

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  • bell the cat — verb To undertake a dangerous action in the service of a group …   Wiktionary

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  • bell the cat — phrasal to do a daring or risky deed …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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