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    upreal is offline Newbie
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    Default Swing the cat in

    I have read a novel and found idioms such as swing the cat in and hands folded on his desk. what do the idioms mean?

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    Default Re: Swing the cat in

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    The phrase "not enough room to swing a cat", means the space/room is small and usually awkwardly so.
    It's often thought to refer to the "cat o' nine tails", slang for a type of whip once used in the navy. However there is some doubt about this origin.

    No room to swing a cat

    "Hands folded on his desk" is simply descriptive, it's not an idiom.
    A photo of hands folded on a desk.

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