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Old 06-08-2002, 01:05 PM
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Cliche Origins

Got the Cat By The Tail

Okay my husband brought up the cliché “got the cat by the tail” today, and I asked him what he thought he meant but he didn’t know. So now we are curious (and yes curiosity killed the cat). I have been searching web sites for clichés and their origins and meanings, but so far no luck on that one. Any ideas?
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Old 06-08-2002, 01:19 PM
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Possibly......


http://www.ability.org.uk/writers_re...le_guides.html


http://www.angelfire.com/nd/danscorpio/word3.html
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Old 06-08-2002, 01:27 PM
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I've never heard 'cat by the tail', but 'got a tiger by the tail' comes from the belief that as long as you held onto the tiger's tail he couldn't kill you, though you're in for a rough ride.
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Old 06-08-2002, 01:36 PM
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To 'Ride the Tiger' alludes in history to dictators who of course could never dismount.
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Old 06-08-2002, 01:52 PM
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Yeah...I finally found it on an idiom web site thanks to Doug's redirection from cat to tiger.

"have a tiger by the tail "
Informal: to find oneself in a situation that has turned out to be much more difficult to control than one had expected.

Source: wordreference.com, The Collins English Dictionary

And Chris there is also an idiom about riding a tiger...

"he who rides a tiger is afraid to dismount"
Source: Bertram, Anne (Bowl of Cherries)


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Old 06-08-2002, 02:52 PM
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anybody know the other way to skin a cat ?
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hydrochloric acid dip?
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Old 06-10-2002, 05:42 PM
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Poor cats seem to figure in a lot of clichés like the one "not enough room to swing a cat". Poor cats.
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Old 06-10-2002, 05:47 PM
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and lets not forget "as nervous as a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs "
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Old 06-10-2002, 06:52 PM
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Hmmm...What's the matter?

"Cat got your tongue?"

And if so, where's he got it?
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