whip the cat


whip the cat
   to be drunk
   Cats are associated with vomiting and vomiting with drunkenness, although that does not explain the whipping.

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  • whip the cat — see under ↑whip • • • Main Entry: ↑cat whip the cat (old) 1. To practise small economies 2. To work by the day as a dressmaker, tailor, etc, going from house to house 3. To idle 4. To play a practical joke • • • …   Useful english dictionary

  • Whip the cat — cry over split milk; give way to suppressed feelings of frustration by venting one s irritation on someone; make a fuss or commotion; reproach oneself …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • whip the cat — Australian Slang cry over split milk; give way to suppressed feelings of frustration by venting one s irritation on someone; make a fuss or commotion; reproach oneself …   English dialects glossary

  • To whip the cat — Whip Whip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whipped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whipping}.] [OE. whippen to overlay, as a cord, with other cords, probably akin to G. & D. wippen to shake, to move up and down, Sw. vippa, Dan. vippe to swing to and fro, to shake, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The Cat o' Nine Tails — Infobox Film | name = Il gatto a nove code caption =Poster art for Dario Argento s The Cat o Nine Tails (1971) director = Dario Argento producer = Salvatore Argento writer =Dario Argento Luigi Collo Dardano Sacchetti starring = James Franciscus… …   Wikipedia

  • Balzan Of The Cat People — is a short lived series of three books by Gerard F. Conway ,writing as Wallace Moore. Published by the now defunct Pinnacle Books in 1975, and billed on the cover as the Tarzan of outer space , these science fiction epics fit into the genre of… …   Wikipedia

  • Whip — Whip, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Whipped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Whipping}.] [OE. whippen to overlay, as a cord, with other cords, probably akin to G. & D. wippen to shake, to move up and down, Sw. vippa, Dan. vippe to swing to and fro, to shake, to toss up …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cat — I. /kæt / (say kat) noun 1. a domesticated carnivore, Felis sylvestris catus (formerly Felis catus), thought to be descended from the African wildcat, Felis sylvestris lybica, and now widely distributed in a number of breeds; feral populations… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cat — o nine tails Cat o nine tails , cat o nine tails cat o nine tails . 1. a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle; formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; called… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cat o' nine tails — cat o nine tails cat o nine tails . 1. a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle; formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; called also the {cat}. It was used in the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English


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