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    There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    There isn't enough room to swing a cat.



    What does the above imply besides its facial value? Thanks.

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    Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    Quote Originally Posted by angliholic View Post
    There isn't enough room to swing a cat.



    What does the above imply besides its face value? Thanks.
    That somewhere is very small is the only meaning I know of.


    "face value" = the apparent value or nature or something.

    "facial" is only used in relation to the face.

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    Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    That somewhere is very small is the only meaning I know of.


    "face value" = the apparent value or nature or something.

    "facial" is only used in relation to the face.
    Thanks, Anglika, for the correction.

    But I tried hard to search my memory for a related phrase--something like "in/at facial value."

    By the way, does "swing a cat" mean litterally? If not, what does it refer to?

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    Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    It is generally thought to refer to a "cat o' nine tails" - a scourge with more than one lash.

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    Smile Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is generally thought to refer to a "cat o' nine tails" - a scourge with more than one lash.
    Thanks, Anglika.

    By the way, I've found the phrase I wanted--at face value.

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    Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    My understanding of it was always as is referred to here:

    http://www.usingenglish.com/referenc...ing+a+cat.html

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    Re: There isn't enough room to swing a cat.

    And there is the ever so nice swing a dead cat.

    Silly way of relating the quantity or frequency of something in terms of whether you would hit one if you swung a dead cat.


    "You can't swing a dead cat in here without hitting someone that finds me confusing."

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