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Letting the cat out of the bag?

A_man_called_CHIOG  Male  South East London
13-Feb-2020 07:51 Message #4770477
What’s all that about? What cat?
Colonel_Blink  Male  Buckinghamshire
13-Feb-2020 09:42 Message #4770483
I recall being told the “cat” referred to the cat o’ nine tails.
Topaz53  Female  Northamptonshire
13-Feb-2020 12:11 Message #4770506
That's probably right CB.
I always thought it was something you let slip in conversation, either because you thought the other person knew or in some people's case deliberately....

Apart from that GHIOG most cats will crawl into anything...including bags ...
Eventually they've gotta come out ;)
Victoriana11  Female  Buckinghamshire
13-Feb-2020 14:17 Message #4770518
I thought it came from centuries ago when people bought piglets at the market, and were told not to let it out of the bag till they got home, only to find a cat had been substituted. (not sure where I heard that years ago)
Minnie-the-Minx  Female  Hertfordshire
13-Feb-2020 14:35 Message #4770526
The cat o nine tails is the one where there's not enough room to swing one.

I believe that V's explanation of the cat in the bag is the right one.
In-Focus  Male  the West Midlands
14-Feb-2020 01:15 Message #4770611
Yes V is right, I used to study idioms and some of them are very interesting :D
Greencare  Female  Berkshire
14-Feb-2020 07:57 Message #4770616
The cat features a lot in mythology, witchcraft, idioms and all sorts. It makes you wonder ......
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
14-Feb-2020 10:49 Message #4770654
In-Focus, I find idioms facinating too, some of them seem to defy expaination, such 'laugh to see a pudding crawl' which was one of my Nans favourites.
Topaz53  Female  Northamptonshire
14-Feb-2020 16:42 Message #4770701
Never heard of that one HEN....
It's making me laugh even thinking about a pudding crawling over the floor :)
wonderoushen  Female  Gwynedd
14-Feb-2020 19:03 Message #4770717
I think its meant to denote stupidity or at least a fit of the giggles, I mean most people would run screaming from a crawling pudding!

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