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    (as) sick as a cat

    Hello.

    I don't think George will go cycling today. They say he's as sick as a cat.
    Do you use the phrase "(as) sick as a cat" in place of "(as) sick as a dog"?
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    Thank you.


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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    Not usually. Dogs are more often sick [they eat nasty things].


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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    Thank you, Anglika.

    Is "as sick as a cat" a phrase often used in daily life?

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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    I've never heard it. They're just so clean.

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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    I've never seen it before either.

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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I've never seen it before either.
    I've never seen or heard "sick as a cat". The usual phrase for actually being unwell is "sick as a dog".

    "Sick as a parrot" also exists, though I would expect to hear that to describe someone who is really annoyed about something. For instance "He's sick as a parrot - he picked the winning lottery numbers but forgot to actually buy a ticket!"

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    Re: (as) sick as a cat

    Showing that God has a sense of humor, about 45 seconds after I entered my answer, my cat threw up a hairball about the size of a Volkswagon.

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