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    Ju is offline Senior Member
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    Red face The cat and the dog

    Here is a story between a cat and a dog. The cat was asked by the dog whether she stole the dog bones.

    May I know the meanings of those underlined as follow:
    1. The cat said, "Why would I want dog bones? The very thought of it makes my fur stand on end."
    2. "Yikes!" said the cat.

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: The cat and the dog

    A cat when frightened/surprised can make itself seem larger by making its fur stand on end - this cat is saying the thought of a dog's bones has this effect on him/her

    "Yikes" - merely an interjection of surprise - no known meaning, though it is suggested to have come from the hunting cry "yoicks"

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