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    cat idiom

    dear friends....

    what's the meaning of

    That live cat didn't do me in! But it did wiggle my plate.

    Thank you.


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    Smile Re: cat idiom

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
    dear friends....

    what's the meaning of

    That live cat didn't do me in! But it did wiggle my plate.

    Thank you.
    I've never heard this before, but I think I can explain it.

    do "someone" in - As an idiom that stands alone, this is easy to explain. It means "kill someone". If someone does someone in, then someone kills someone.

    wiggle my plate - I'd say this means bother or disturb in some way.

    That live cat didn't kill me, but it did upset me - or disturb me.

    The phrase "do in" does not have to mean "kill", but it often does.



    do in Slang. do: Definition, Synonyms from Answers.com
    1. To tire completely; exhaust: The marathon did me in.
    2. To kill.
    3. To ruin utterly: Huge losses on the stock market did many investors in.
    This is slang, but not all phrases, as such, are classified as slang. In my experience, some ESL speakers seem to have a different idea about expressions or idiomatic expressions. Idiomatic expressions are not slang; they're expressions - idiomatic expressions.
    Last edited by PROESL; 28-Aug-2009 at 23:23.

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    Re: cat idiom

    Additional context would probably help us better understand the meaning of that phrase.


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    Re: cat idiom

    I have a problem with legitimizing such nonsensical expressions by trying to guess what they are supposed to mean.

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