Room to swing a cat


Explanation: What is an idiom?

To be a very small space, room, house etc.

Context:

"Has Sally moved into her new place?"

"Yeah, we took all her stuff round on Thursday night."

"What's her boyfriend like?"

"He's alright. Seems to be keen on her. He's a bit strange though. Likes to go to the theatre and stuff like that."

"Intellectual eh?"

"Yeah, that's the type."

"What's the place like."

"Tiny. Not enough room to swing a cat. And it's costing them £400 a month in rent."

"How can they afford it."

"With my help most probably. Another drink?"

Notes:

The cat originally was a cat-of-nine-tails, a type of whip used on sailors on old sailing ships. The cat-of-nine-tails has one handle which has nine thin strips of leather attached, each perhaps three foot long. The cat-of-nine-tails would be used to punish sailors. These whippings would take place on the deck of the ship, because below deck there was not enough ceiling height to swing a cat-of-nine-tails.

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