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cat (1 chiefly in allusions and proverbs)
1. domestic animal Tp. II. ii. 89 “here is that which will give language to you, cat” (very strong drink was said to make a cat speak), Ado V. i. 136 “care killed a cat” (i.e. for all its nine lives), MND. I. ii. 32 “a part to tear a cat in” (=to rant violently), Mac. I. vii. 45 “Like the poor cat i' the adage” (the cat that would eat fish, but would not wet her feet), Ham. V. i. 314 “The cat will mew.”
2. civet-cat or musk-cat AYL. III. ii. 71 “civet is . . . the very uncleanly flux of a cat,” Lr. III. iv. 108 “Thou owest . . . the cat no perfume.”
3. term of contempt for a human being All'sW. IV. iii. 269 “he's a cat to me,” 297, Cor. IV. ii. 34.
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  • Cross-references in text-specific dictionaries from this page (7):
    • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, 4.2
    • William Shakespeare, Macbeth, 1.7
    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, As You Like It, 3.2
    • William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1.2
    • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, 2.2
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