Room to swing a cat

Explanation: What is an idiom?

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


"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?"


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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