like a cat on a hot tin roof

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A simile developed from the behaviour of a cat observed on a hot tin roof.

Adjective[edit]

like a cat on a hot tin roof

  1. (simile, colloquial, chiefly US) Jumpy, nervous.

Usage notes[edit]

Once said as like a cat on hot bricks, but this form is less common because of the 1955 play and subsequent movie titled Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.