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    - What is the difference between a cat fight and fighting cats? And, what does it mean when you use the word ¨cat¨ in an expression.

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    Re: question

    In [1], fight is a noun and cat is an adjective describing what kind of fight:

    [1] cat fight

    In [2], fighting could be an adjective or a verb.

    [2a] They are fighting cats. <adjective>
    [2b] They are fighting cats. <verb>

    If fighting is an adjective, it describes what kind of cats;i.e., they are cats that fight to win. If fighting is a verb, or rather part of a verb, then it tells us; i.e. They are fighting/battling cats (or lions).

    Note, the phrase cat fight is an idiom. Click here: catfight: Definition and Much More from

    Does that help?

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    Re: question


    a cat fight= a fight between cats

    fighting cat= describes what kind of cat is about;


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    Re: question

    "Cat" can be a rude way to refer to a woman. It implies the person is spiteful and unkind.

    A Do you like Susie?
    B No, she's an absolute cat.

    Perhaps you can tell us which idioms you have met.

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    Like this: They are having a cat fight.

    Usually it refers to women,right? What about for men?

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    Re: question

    Just a fight.

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